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Tottenham have already shown they can seal quick Desire Doue transfer ahead of Chelsea and Man Utd

Desire Doue has been linked with a host of teams including Tottenham this summer
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Desire Doue is a wanted man this summer after making quite the statement on the pitch for Rennes over the past two seasons. football.london reported in June that the 19-year-old is one of those on Tottenham's attacking midfield shortlist ahead of the new term.

That strong interest in Doue has not diminished but Spurs certainly will not have it all their own way if they do indeed launch a move for the versatile attacker. Bayern Munich and PSG have been heavily linked with the youngster, with Manchester United and Chelsea also mentioned in regards to Doue.

A number of talented players have come through the system at Rennes in recent years to seal big-money transfers elsewhere, including Eduardo Camavinga of Real Madrid, and Doue looks set to follow in the French international's footsteps in the not too distant future. Contributing with four goals and five assists in his 31 Ligue 1 games last term, the Angers-born player would give Ange Postecoglou and Tottenham options as he is capable of playing on the right flank and in a central role as well as his natural position on the left-wing.

Interested clubs may well want to press ahead with a move for Doue sooner rather than later as he is set to represent France in this year's Olympic Games in Paris. The winger is part of a very talented squad put together by coach Thierry Henry, with players such as Michael Olise, Rayan Cherki and Alexandre Lacazette all involved.

Already playing one warm-up game ahead of the Olympics commencing, the football gets underway on Wednesday, July 24 as France take on the United States that evening. If the hosts do manage to go all the way to the final, the gold medal match will be played on Friday, August 9.

That in turns means that Doue, if he has signed for a new club by then, will miss a large chunk of pre-season friendly action before the 2024/25 league season officially kicks-off. Euro 2024 and the Copa America this summer has highlighted that transfer deals for players involved in the competition are very rare, with that potentially the case when it comes to the Olympics once the games begin in late July.

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However, completing deals for players involved in the Olympics are of course still possible. After all, some Tottenham fans may remember three years that the club wrapped up the signing of Bryan Gil from Sevilla at a time when the winger was in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

Quite what happens with Doue over the next couple of weeks remains to be seen, but there is the possibility that more clubs could make a move for him if he goes on to star for his home country and they go all the way to win Olympic gold. Whereas in an ideal world clubs would want their new signing in through the door and part of their plans for the pre-season campaign, many would undoubtedly just be happy to get Doue to sign on the dotted line given the potential he has to go right to the top.

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Speaking to TNT Sports in April, Rennes midfielder Baptiste Santamaria hailed Doue and claimed "he'll be unplayable" once he becomes more consistent and that he's already "the most gifted youngster" he's seen in his career.

"He's a very talented player with a great sense of football," he explained. "But he's still young. But he's a player who aspires to go to the biggest clubs.

"He's one of a kind: he likes to hit the ball but he's solid on his feet. Desire's technical, percussive and physical qualities are quite incredible. When he becomes more consistent, he'll be unplayable. For his age, he's the most gifted youngster I've seen in my career."

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