Reporter Lee Jung-bin = The Premier League is about to welcome a new ‘monster dribbler’. Jeremy Dockoo (21-Stade Rennes), who won the Ligue 1 with a single dribble, is being courted by Manchester City.
The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that “Dokou has emerged as a strong contender as City look for a replacement for Riyad Mahrez (32, Al Ahli). Dokou is an international teammate of Kevin De Bruyne, 32, and De Bruyne is aware of Dokou’s ability.”
After winning the treble last season, City have made changes to their attack this summer. Mahrez, one of the main architects of the treble, joined the Saudi rush, leaving a gap on the right wing. Manager Josep Guardiola, 52, is looking at a number of options to fill the void.
With the start of the Premier League just around the corner, Guardiola has set his sights on Dockoo. Dockoo is one of the best dribblers in Europe. According to soccer statistics company Squawka, he led all seven of Europe’s major leagues in successful dribbles per 90 minutes in the 2022-23 season. He completed 6.72 attempts per 90 minutes, which is 1.12 more than the second-place finisher, Jeremy Boga (26-Atalanta).
He’s the type of winger City don’t have, and Guardiola is considering signing him to create new attacking routes. However, it could come with a hefty transfer fee. “There is no official offer yet, but it is expected to surpass the £35 million fee Stade Rennes paid for Nicklas Aggerd, 27, of West Ham last summer,” says the Telegraph.
Three years ago, Stade Rennes spent €26 million to bring Dokou to the club. With two years left on his contract, they could fetch two to three times what they paid for him. It’s unclear if City, who spent a fortune on Yoshiko Gbadiol, 21, will spend a significant transfer fee on Dokou.카지노
If he does move to the Premier League, a new dribbling mastermind will take on the fullbacks. With Alain Saint-Maximilien (26, Al Ahly), Wilfried Zaha (30, Galatasaray), and Adama Traore (27, Independent), dubbed the “Dribble Three,” out of the league, an equally monstrous dribbler could be boarding the plane to England.