One of the Bundesliga's most exciting players could be heading to the Premier League very soon.
According to reports in Germany and Spain, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has requested the signing of Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, one of the top prospects in German football. The 20-year-old is an undisputed starter for his club and has already faced Guardiola's City team in the Champions League this season.
Guardiola's interest in Dahoud is nothing new: since his coaching days at Bayern Munich, Pep has always rated the player and would have signed him this season had he stayed at Bavaria. Despite his move to City, Guardiola is still excited with the prospect of working with Dahoud, and after signing Ilkay Gundogan in the summer, Pep wants Dahoud to complement his midfield and play alongside Gundogan.
The two players are actually very similar: both are very good passers, dynamic, good going forward and on defense, and are always involved in offensive moves. Dahoud looks like a young Gundogan, and given Ilkay's good start for City, it wouldn't be bad to have two of those in Pep's team.
Dahoud would cost around £25 million, an asking price the City board would easily agree with. The only problem with the player being signed in January is that he wouldn't be available to play in the Champions League since he's currently playing with Gladbach this season, but it's unlikely Pep would use him in the big knockout matches anyway, so Dahoud would use his first six months to work with Guardiola and play Premier League and domestic cup games.
This is a very good player already with sky-high potential, and if Guardiola is really serious about signing him, City's midfield will look pretty damned good in January.