Jeremy Doku: Man City in talks with Rennes to sign Belgian winger

Manchester City in talks with Rennes over winger Jeremy Doku; City's Lucas Paqueta talks with West Ham on hold amid betting investigation concerns; Paris Saint-Germain give up on trying to sign Bernardo Silva; City defender Aymeric Laporte set to join Al Nassr in £25m deal

Image: Rennes winger Jeremy Doku is a Manchester City target this summer

Manchester City are in talks with Rennes over a deal for winger Jeremy Doku.

City are looking for another forward after selling Riyad Mahrez to Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli for £30m and Doku has emerged as a leading contender to replace the Algerian.

The 21-year-old is a Belgium international and has been linked with a number of Premier League teams this summer.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side would be under 'scrutiny that you could not imagine' if they had spent what Chelsea have in recent times

Sky Sports News has been told West Ham had a bid rejected by Rennes for Doku earlier this month with the Hammers unlikely to go back in for him following City's interest.

Doku has already scored in his first two games for Rennes this season and scored six last term in Ligue 1.


Doku could become City's third major summer signing after the arrivals of Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic, with the Croatian pair costing a combined £107.6m.

City's Paqueta talks on hold amid betting investigation

West Ham manager praised the performance of midfielder Lucas Paqueta in their 3-1 win over Chelsea, amid interest from Manchester City

City's talks with West Ham over the signing of Lucas Paqueta are on hold amid concerns surrounding an FA and FIFA betting investigation.

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The investigation is believed to centre around Paqueta getting booked in games, with the bets being placed in Brazil, and the 25-year-old will now miss his country's World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Bolivia in September.

He was booked nine times for club and country last season.

Paqueta, who is willing to cooperate in any way with any investigation, says he has not placed any bets himself and is shocked by the reports.

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An £80m deal for Paqueta to join Man City has almost been agreed and could still happen if the issue is cleared up quickly.

In the meantime, Paqueta is focused on playing for West Ham and scored a late penalty in Sunday's 3-1 home win over Chelsea.

The FA and Man City have declined to comment. Sky Sports News has also approached FIFA for comment.

PSG give up Silva pursuit

Image: Man City's Bernardo Silva had been a PSG target this summer

Paris Saint-Germain have given up trying to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City this summer.

The 29-year-old had been one of their top targets and the French champions believe they were close to a deal, but they now accept and respect the fact that the player is not for sale.

They expect the Portugal international to sign a new City contract with Silva having two years left on his current City deal.

On Saturday, City boss Pep Guardiola said it was his "dream" to see Silva and Kyle Walker sign new City contracts.

PSG sporting director Luis Campos knows Silva well and they worked together at Monaco.

Laporte set for City exit to Al Nassr

Image: Aymeric Laporte is set to depart City after five-and-a-half years at the club

Man City defender Aymeric Laporte is expected to travel to Saudi Arabia on Monday to complete a transfer to Al Nassr.

The clubs have agreed a deal worth £25m for the 29-year-old, who joined City from Athletic Bilbao in a £57m deal in January 2018.

The Spaniard will undergo a medical next and terms on a three-year deal are ready to sign.

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