Manchester City could land an upgrade on Cole Palmer by securing a transfer deal for Jeremy Doku.

Following the departure of Riyad Mahrez earlier in the summer, the Citizens have been linked with a move for the Rennes winger.

Back in 2020, the 21-year-old joined his current side from Anderlecht and has since gone on to score 12 goals and deliver 10 assists in 91 appearances across all competitions.

Described as a “superb” player by talent scout Jacek Kulig on Twitter, Doku had a successful first game of the new Ligue 1 campaign with Rennes, as he scored a goal in their 5-1 win over FC Metz.

Doku could be an upgrade on Palmer

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In terms of being an upgrade on Palmer, the duo’s previous domestic campaigns showed why this could be the case.

Even though the Belgian played over 900 more minutes than the City winger, he showed how much more of a clinical player he is by racking up a higher rate of shots on target per 90 minutes (0.84) than Palmer (0.73).

In addition to that, the Rennes star also had a higher rate of shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (5.65 vs 4.86) and goal-creating actions per 90 minutes (0.7 vs 0.24) than the Englishman, further highlighting his creative ability.

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Also, with Pep Guardiola recently saying that Palmer’s future is uncertain, should the 21-year-old find himself leaving the Etihad Stadium either on loan or a permanent basis, this would increase the club’s need to bring in someone like Doku.

Moving forward, we feel that, regardless of what happens with the current City winger, bringing in the Rennes star could be a smart piece of business from the Manchester club.

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