Chelsea and Tottenham in bidding war as same 'priority' signing identified after transfer talks

Desire Doue
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Chelsea and Tottenham are reportedly embroiled in a transfer battle to secure the signing of Rennes wonderkid Desire Doue.

The 19-year-old is a wanted man this summer after having another remarkable season for the French outfit. reported last month that Doue is one of the players Spurs have in their shortlist ahead of the new season.

Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also heavily linked with a move for the youngster. Doue could be the next academy product to seal a big-money transfer elsewhere, following the success of Eduardo Camavinga of Real Madrid.

According to the Sun, Chelsea, Spurs and United are 'embroiled in a major bidding war' to land the versatile midfielder. Doue is said to be a 'priority' for the Blues and Ange Postecoglou's side.

Both clubs are believed to have already 'held talks' with the player's camp as well as Rennes but negotiations are still 'ongoing.' There is mention that the London rivals want to seal a deal for the midfielder by 'next week.'

Meanwhile, United are thought to continue monitoring Doue's situation. With the youngster set to represent France in this year's Olympic Games in Paris, interested clubs may want to press ahead with a move sooner rather than later.

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If a transfer materialises and the hosts manage to go all the way to the final of the Olympic Games, which is set to be played on August 9, Doue will miss a large chunk of pre-season friendly action before the new season gets underway. However, completing deals for players who are involved in the Euro 2024, Copa America and the Olympic Games is still possible.

Doue joined Rennes' academy set-up in 2011, at the age of six. He was then called to the second team in 2021 before making his debut in the senior squad the following year. He is able to cover a number of different positions in the pitch, such as midfield and both wings, and is thought to be very appealing for clubs.