Ousmane Dembélé is one of European football’s most sought after young talents in 2016. At the age of 18, he has scored 12 goals and registered 5 assists in 20 starts for Rennes this season.
City have previously been linked with the Ligue 1 sensation, but so have half of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Recent reports have suggested the Bundesliga will be his destination. Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund want to sign him, but Dembélé is said to have chosen Dortmund. With a proven track record for developing young players and an exciting project under Thomas Tuchel, BVB appear to have charmed the France U21 international.
However, that hasn’t stopped English clubs from persisting. According to the reputable L’Equipe on Friday, both Manchester City and Liverpool have officially expressed their interest in Dembélé. PSG have also made an attempt to sign him, but he has politely rejected them.
Premier League interest is music to the ears of Rennes, who see City and Liverpool’s involvement as an excuse to raise his asking price. Borussia Dortmund have already had a €15 million (£11.85 million) bid turned away by Rennes and need to dig deeper. Dembélé is reportedly ‘determined to join Dortmund’, but City and Liverpool have the ability to outbid the German club and while the Etihad and Anfield may not be priority, they are still appealing options should Rennes accept offers from either.