Manchester City’s newest summer recruit will be taking one of the club’s vacant shirt numbers upon arriving at the Etihad Stadium this week, it has been reported.
Jeremy Doku is set to put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Premier League champions in the coming hours, after City officials reached an agreement with Stade Rennais over a €65 million transfer fee for the 21-year-old.
Doku is viewed by Manchester City as the natural replacement for Riyad Mahrez, after the Algerian international brought an end to his illustrious stay in the north-west earlier this summer, joining Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli for a fee in the region of £30 million.
With Pep Guardiola recently detailing the necessity for the club to have conversations about recruitment, it now appears as though the Catalan coach could have a new profile among his ranks, while a new report has also detailed the much-awaited shirt number to be taken by Jeremy Doku.
According to the information of the reliable Sacha Tavolieri, Belgium international winger Jeremy Doku will wear the number 11 shirt for Manchester City for the ongoing season and beyond.
Doku takes on the number after Oleksandr Zinchenko – who left Manchester City in the summer of 2022 to join Premier League rivals Arsenal, as well as the Ukrainian’s left-back predecessor at the Etihad Stadium, Aleksandar Kolarov.
Other names to have won the number 11 shirt in recent years at Manchester City include the likes of Scott Sinclair, Elano, Darius Vassell, Niall Quinn, Paul Lake, Dennis Tueart, and Mike Summerbee to name a few.
There is an expectation that Jeremy Doku will be in contention to make his Manchester City debut this weekend, as a deal being completed, finalised and submitted before Friday midday would allow the forward to travel with the squad for the Premier League encounter against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Doku is expected in Manchester on Tuesday evening ahead of his medical tests and media duties with last season’s treble winners and newly-crowned UEFA Super Cup champions across the course of Wednesday.
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