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Arsenal and Manchester United watching French youngster compared to Wayne Rooney

Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly keeping an eye on a French youngster who has been compared to a young Wayne Rooney

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In the ever-evolving landscape of European football talent, one name is increasingly shining bright – Desire Doue. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder from France has become the focus of attention for several Premier League giants, including Arsenal and Manchester United, who are reportedly gearing up for a summer bidding war.

However, the allure of Doue doesn’t stop there. The radar is buzzing with activity from other European powerhouses such as Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Napoli, and Borussia Dortmund, all keeping a close eye on what could be one of the most promising prospects in the continent.

Doue’s journey to prominence began with his debut for Rennes in 2022, swiftly establishing himself as a standout talent in Ligue 1. His performances have not gone unnoticed, catching the attention of scouts from top clubs across Europe.

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Rennes youngster Desire Doue (Image credit: Getty Images)

Recent reports from TBR Football suggest that Arsenal and Manchester United have intensified their monitoring of Doue, joining the ranks of clubs like Aston Villa, Chelsea, and Newcastle, who have been tracking his progress for over a year.


Doue’s rise in the French football scene has been nothing short of remarkable. With a breakthrough season at Stade Rennais, he has showcased his talent with four goals and six assists in 41 appearances. Additionally, his prowess has not been confined to club football, as he has impressed at the youth level for France, netting two goals in as many games for the U23s squad.

Comparisons to Manchester United icon Wayne Rooney have surfaced, attributing Doue’s strength and elegant technique to that of a young Rooney. His versatility on the field, capable of operating on the left, as an advanced midfielder, or on the right, has further fuelled the interest of top clubs eager to secure his services.

In a separate development, it was disclosed that Manchester United, along with several other Premier League outfits, have been alerted to the potential availability of Barcelona prodigy Vitor Roque.

Meanwhile, Arsenal continues their quest to strengthen their squad, with left-back options a priority this summer. Ajax’s Jorrel Hato has emerged as a target for the North London club.

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