Ousmane Diomande

Manchester City have made an enquiry about FC Midtjylland defender Ousmane Diomande.

The 19-year-old centre-back has impressed on loan at Portuguese side CD Mafra, and his performances have caught the eye of the Premier League champions.

Diomande has also attracted interest from Premier League leaders Arsenal and Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

During his season-long loan spell at Mafra, Diomande has been a regular starter, and he scored his maiden goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Vizela in the Allianz Cup last month.

He is yet to make a senior appearance for Midtjylland, but the teenager has gained invaluable experience in Europe this term.

City appear to be targeting the best young players from across the globe this month after they signed Argentina midfielder Maximo Perrone on Monday.

Perrone is just 20, but has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half year deal with Pep Guardiola’s side, with City paying £8.2million for the youngster to bring him over from Velez Sarsfield.

Perrone is currently away at the Under-20 South American Championship, but is set to join up with his new team-mates when the tournament ends.

The holding midfielder will provide Guardiola with another option in the middle of the park, with the Spanish coach already having Rodri and Kalvin Phillips to cover this position.


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