Manchester City and Rennes’ Jeremy Doku have reached a €65 million (£55.5 million) transfer agreement.
The Belgian international, who has been linked to many Premier League clubs this summer, is now expected to sign with the league’s reigning champions.
Following City’s treble-winning season, Riyad Mahrez left for Saudi Arabia. Man City is now looking for a winger to take his place.
Doku would join Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol as Pep Guardiola’s third summer signing if the transfer to the Etihad Stadium is successful.
Doku scored for Rennes in their inaugural Ligue 1 match against Metz, adding to the six goals he scored in the league the previous year.
What does Cole Palmer get out of this?
Stay or leave? Cole Palmer, a winger for Manchester City, has a critical few weeks ahead that could determine how far his budding career goes.
The 21-year-old has undoubtedly shown off his skills while wearing City blue this season, scoring for his team in games against the UEFA Super Cup and Community Shield this month.
Palmer possesses the winning touch, as evidenced by his assistance in leading England’s Under-21 team to a European Championship victory earlier this summer.
But will that winning aura be with City or another team now that both the player and manager Pep Guardiola are raising concerns about the winger’s future?
After all, in City’s first two games of the current season, Palmer has only logged ten minutes of Premier League action.
The player knows that staying put and playing is the best course of action this summer.
Following Wednesday night’s Super Cup victory, Palmer remarked, “Of course, the optimum scenario is to stay at City and play.” But if they bring someone in, you obviously know how the competition is.
But now City look to turn to Doku – and with West Ham interested in the 21-year-old – is this the moment where Palmer turns round and says enough is enough?