Manchester City have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race for highly-rated Germany under-21 midfielder, Mahmoud Dahoud, according to Alan Nixon of The Sun on Sunday.
City fans may be familiar with Dahoud, who featured in both legs for Borussia Mönchengladbach against the Blues in the Champions League earlier this season. He impressed more in the second game at Borussia-Park, looking calm and controlled in midfield.
BMG's Mahmoud Dahoud has been linked with City, Liverpool and others, and has outclassed City's midfield so far. pic.twitter.com/2UawoCfeAp
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He has previously been linked with City by BILD in Germany and according to The Sun on Sunday, Pep Guardiola sent scouts to watch the Syrian-born pass master in both of Gladbach’s Europa League clashes with Schalke.
Dahoud was excellent in both games, despite his team eventually going out of the competition, and is well known by both Guardiola and Klopp from their days managing in the Bundesliga.
Pep is said to like the idea of Dahoud in a deep-lying midfield role but also capable of breaking forward, a combination that could improve his side’s defensive qualities while not sacrificing skill in midfield.
Dahoud is thought to have a low release clause this summer and could cost as little as £10 million, a tempting price for both City and Liverpool, who may scrap over him. However, it is also reported in Germany that Borussia Dortmund could sign the 21-year-old, who has made 17 Bundesliga starts this campaign, scoring once and registering four assists.