EXCLUSIVE: Man City seek January deal for Japanese starlet

Date published: Sunday 9th December 2018 9:40 - Oli Fisher

OITA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 16: Ritsu Doan #21 of Japan looks on during the international friendly match between Japan and Venezuela at Oita Bank Dome on November 16, 2018 in Oita, Japan. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

Manchester City are looking to tie up a January deal for Japanese star Ritsu Doan.

The 20-year-old is currently with Dutch outfit Groningen, who he joined in the summer of 2017 – and City were keen on him even back then – but Doan was happy to his chance in the Eredivisie.

The diminutive attacking midfielder has settled well and City’s scouts have been keeping close tabs on him, and now the club are fearful that he could be snapped up by one of their European rivals – with Chelsea, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all taking a keen interest in recent months.

But City are confident they can broke a deal with Groningen, who believe Doan is their best prospect since Arjen Robben came through their youth ranks.

City are happy for Doan to remain in Holland, potentially even for an extra season – but they want him signed and sealed in January, in order to make sure his long-term future is with them.

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