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Manchester City’s two-year masterplan for £55.5 million signing revealed

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Manchester City are said to have been ready to sign Jeremy Doku for up to two years before they pulled the trigger on the winger in the summer of 2023.

The Belgian has hit the ground running in the blue shirt of Manchester City since signing for the club from Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais in the summer. Doku has racked up two goals and five assists in his first 11 Premier League matches for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Doku’s signing for a reported fee of £55.5 million in the dying days of the summer window did come as a surprise however, despite Doku’s apparent seamless start at the Etihad Stadium in the subsequent months.

According to a new report from the Daily Mail however, Manchester City had Doku in their sights for two years before deciding to pull the trigger and make a bid for the speedy winger in August.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain reportedly felt the signing was necessary after the departures of forward stalwart Riyad Mahrez, and youngster Cole Palmer during the weeks leading up to the transfer deadline.

And while the Doku signing appeared to come out of nowhere, Manchester City are said to have ‘simply pressed the button’ to bring the Belgian to the Etihad given their prior knowledge on his skillset.

The Daily Mail’s report suggests Manuel Akanji’s signing on the transfer deadline of the 2022 summer window was a similar situation — the club already had Akanji on their shopping list, and when they felt it was time to bring him in, they did so in a flash.

Akanji was one of City most used defenders as the Premier League club went on to win a historic treble, including their first ever Champions League triumph. Meanwhile, Doku has shown flashes of superstardom in his first few months at the club.

While they tend to do things under the radar, City’s decision makers appear to have a clear idea of how they want to strengthen their squad.

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