Manchester United set to battle Arsenal for 18-year-old Stade Rennais wonderkid!

The 18-year-old's teammates call him 'the best youngster they've seen'.

Manchester United are reportedly set to battle with Premier League rivals Arsenal for the signature of 18-year-old Désiré Doué who currently playing for Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais. The attacking-midfielder seems to be in demand already this summer, if he wants to leave France.

It has been stated that the 18-year-old took Ligue 1 by storm during the past season with four goals and five assists in 31 appearances in the league – scoring a total of four goals and six assists in all competitions, making 43 appearances in total.

According to The Mail, both United are Arsenal have asked Rennes about the playmaker, which could start a bidding war for the player. Both United and Arsenal face fierce competition from another Premier League club – Tottenham Hotspur! I laughed a little too.

Over the course of the last season, Doué has shown marvellous dribbling skills, which is just one of his attributes that made him shine in Ligue 1. His teammates have even described him as “best youngster they have seen”, which is a great compliment considering his age.

It has been reported that Rennes will debut upwards of £35 million to let Doué leave this summer and substantial add-ons will need to be included to get the prospective deal across the line. Rennes are tough negotiators considering the transfer of Jeremy Doku to Manchester City last summer.

Rennes believe the Doué has much greater potential to that of Doku, so the monetary demands as part of both the prospective sale and the add-on clauses could be massive. Obviously the player would need to reach his potential at his new club, which could be challenging.

Rennes manager Julien Stephan obviously wants to keep Doué at the club in the summer, which is what all managers will be told to say by the selling club – which will see the prospective transfer fee high and will benefit whether the players stays or leaves. Stephan said:

“We know today’s market, notably for the very young players. He will decide through his personal ambition. I’m not naive.

“We’re glad to have developed him during the second part of the season. He’s at risk of leaving without a single full season here, that’s a shame. I would have liked that; that would have been an ideal situation.”

Written by Paul

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