Report: Manchester City scouting Tottenham-linked Godfred Donsah

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Manchester City are scouting Cagliari's Tottenham-linked teenager Godfred Donsah ahead of a potential summer bid, according to reports in Italy.

Manchester City are preparing to rival Tottenham Hotspur for Cagliari’s highly-rated midfielder Godfred Donsah, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

Donsah, 18, moved to Palermo from Ghanaian side DC United Agogo in 2012, before being loaned out to Hellas Verona for the 2013-14 campaign, where he made just one senior appearance.

Transferring to Cagliari in the summer for around £2.2 million, the Ghanaian teenager has since featured 16 times for Gianfranco’s Zola side and his impressive performances are said to have attracted interest from a host of top European clubs.

Both Di Marzio and TMW reported “serious” interest from Tottenham last month, but now the Premier League champions are said to be joining the race.

City scouts were even understood to have been at the Stadio Sant’Elia to watch him in action in Monday night’s Serie A clash against Inter Milan, with the youngster acknowledging their presence when speaking to reporters after the 2-1 defeat.

“I'm happy that a Manchester City scout has come to watch me,” he was quoted on Di Marzio. “I am inspired by Essien, when he played for Chelsea.

“But here I feel good and we are a great group. Inter are a great team, and we were punished immediately.”

A versatile prospect, Donsah can fill either a holding or box-to-box midfield role, and is even capable of filling in at right-back in a pinch.

A summer move could well be on the card but, before then, his focus will be on helping the 18th-placed Sardinian club out of the relegation zone over their remaining 14 top-flight fixtures.

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