Manchester City want to add Japanese starlet Ritsu Doan to their ranks in the January transfer window, Francisco Acedo writes for the Mirror.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder plays for FC Groningen in Holland after City failed in an attempt to invest in Doan earlier this year.
Groningen’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.”
Having continued to monitor the former Gamba Osaka player, City are impressed enough to be considering a January bid for the 3-cap Japan international, but Groningen will resist any sale until next summer.
Premier League champions City are also aware that European heavyweights Juventus and Atletico Madrid are also interested in Doan, and could face competition from the duo for the diminutive youngster.
If City were to be successful in their pursuit of Doan, he’d almost certainly be loaned out to a higher ranking European club than Groningen to continue his development.