REPORT: Chelsea Have Made Signing £34M Rated French Teenage Sensation Their ‘Top Priority’

Chelsea are keen to secure the signature of Rennes attacking midfielder Desire Doue, according to The Sun.

The English tabloid reports that the Blues have made the 19-year-old a “top priority” target for the summer transfer window.

Doue has impressed with his performances for Rennes over the past year, having scored 4 goals and provided 6 assists in 42 appearances last season.

The teenager is also expected to play for France at the Olympics next month, with manager Thierry Henry having selected him in his squad alongside the likes of Leny Yoro, Michael Olise, Mathys Tel and Chelsea’s Lesley Ugochukwu.

What type of player is Doue?

One of the most exciting things about the France Under 23 international is that he is two-footed. It means that, as well as playing in his preferred role behind the striker, he can also be deployed on either flank.

That ability to go both ways keeps opposing defenders guessing and, along with his great ball control, many feel Doue can go right to the very top.

Chelsea will have competition from other clubs

The Sun claim that the Blues could face two other Premier League sides in a “bidding war” for the Frenchman, with Manchester United and Tottenham hoping to secure his signature too.

A lot will depend on who is prepared to pay Rennes’ asking price. It is believed that the Ligue One side want at least €40m (£34m) upfront for Doue, with performance-related add-ons likely to be needed on top of that.

With the Blues having raised plenty of funds through player sales already this summer, there should be room in their budget to make a move for the youngster, as long as it can be paid in instalments. This transfer is definitely one to look out for over the coming days and weeks.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.