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Manchester City and Liverpool miss out as 21-year-old midfielder chooses his next club

Manchester City and Liverpool will not be signing Germany under-21 midfielder, Mahmoud Dahoud, with the player opting instead for Borussia Dortmund according to reports in Germany.

The 21-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach star has been strongly tipped to join a Premier League club, with recent reports suggesting Pep Guardiola was very keen on acquiring him, but WAZ claims that he has chosen to join Gladbach’s Bundesliga rivals BVB.

WAZ doesn’t mention City’s interest, instead saying he has turned down Liverpool and had ‘other high-profile prospects’. Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel made a ‘strong commitment’ to signing the midfielder last summer, which has been returned in kind and he is heading to the Westfalenstadion at the end of the season.

Dahoud will move for a bargain fee, with a release clause of little more than €10 million (£8.7 million), and Dortmund plan to pair him up with another City target, Julian Weigl, in midfield.

Pep Guardiola is expected to bring in at least one midfielder this summer, with Fernando and Fabian Delph rarely featuring and Yaya Touré looking increasingly likely to leave the club when his contract expires in June. The likes of Isco, William Carvalho and Fabinho have recently been linked with a move to the Etihad.

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