Manchester City have failed in an attempt to invest in highly-rated young Japanese attacker Ritsu Doan after offering Dutch club FC Groningen financial assistance in exchange for a stake in his future, De Telegraaf reports.
Doan, 19, has been on loan at the Eredivisie side from Gamba Osaka in his homeland, and after making a fantastic impression, scoring 8 times in 26 league starts, Groningen decided to make his move permanent.
City’s offer was to invest €2million towards Doan and help out Groningen, as some sort of co-ownership deal, although not literally one with co-ownership no longer allowed in football.
Knowing they have their hands on a gem, Groningen rejected City’s proposal and invested a considerable sum by their standards to sign him permanently on a contract until mid-2021. Doan is now considered the rising star of Japanese football.
The club’s technical director, Ron Jans, confirmed City’s attempted involvement.
“We said that we really liked it that City offered it, but we’re doing it on our own,” Jans said. “The connection with City is very positive.”
City have Mexican prospect Uriel Antuna stationed at Groningen on a two-year loan deal, an example of the good connection between the clubs, but will not be adding Ritsu Doan to their large collection of talent.
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