Borussia Dortmund interested in signing Manchester City attacker

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Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund reportedly want Manchester City youngster Cole Palmer on a season-long loan ahead of the transfer deadline next week.

City boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the 20-year-old, who can play as winger or in the No 10 role, and is reluctant to let him leave the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola has clearly stated that Palmer is part of his first-team squad.

The Catalan said of Palmer last year: “Cole has this special quality in front of the box, this talent that is difficult to find.

“When he has the ball there most of the time it finishes in the net, and it is not easy to find that.”

Speaking after Palmer’s first goal for the club last year, Guardiola insisted he wouldn’t rush Palmer’s progression.

He said: “Let’s be calm, be patient, like we have done with Phil [Foden].

“The people in this world want things immediately.

“Everything needs time. You cannot cook a good dish if you do not spend time in the kitchen. So take time.”

So far, the youngster has only made one Premier League start to date – against Everton last season – and has only played two minutes of football action as a substitute in City’s first three matches of the new campaign.

It has been suggested that a loan move would be beneficial to the player who needs regular first-team football to develop his game.

Dortmund have a track record of signing young English talents with likes of Jude Bellingham who is a key player for the German club, and former City youngster Jadon Sancho who made his breakthrough at the Westfalenstadion before his switch to Manchester United.

Now, the German side have their sights on Palmer, who scored in City’s 3-3 friendly draw with Barcelona on Wednesday.