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Dortmund beat Man United and Inter to 'new Pogba' Bafounta

15:08 BST 06/07/2018
Kamal Bafounta Dortmund 2018-19
The Bundesliga side's sterling record with young talents has swayed the teenager and his family, who will soon be moving to Germany

Borussia Dortmund have won the race to sign Nantes' teenage wonderkid Kamal Bafounta,  Goal  understands. 

Bafounta,16, is considered one of the finest young talents to come out of France in recent years. 

An imposing 1.93m, he has already won comparisons to a young Paul Pogba for his accomplished midfield play in Lyon and Nantes' youth divisions. 

And while the likes of Everton, Sevilla, Inter and Manchester United had all been linked to the prospect, it is Dortmund that have finally won the race. 

The Bundesliga side impressed Bafounta with their impeccable track record with young players, having also promised not to rush him into first-team action. 

Dortmund also helped hone countryman Ousmane Demble during his single season in Germany, before selling the forward to Barcelona at the start of the 2017-18 season. 

Speaking to Goal  back in April, Bafounta's former coach Johan Renard praised his maturity at such a young age

"The first time I had him at Under-15 level Kamal was 13. We were playing against Bourg-Peronnas and 30 minutes in he picked up the ball in our half, dribbled past four or five players and scored," Renard recalled. 

"That move has stayed in my mind because it shows why Kamal has progressed so much. He was much bigger than the rest, his physical and technical talent gave him a huge advantage.

"What is certain is that he is less extravagant than Pogba. It's not quite the same style of play either but I'm sure he has the ability to do as well as him. 

"He is a very intelligent boy, polite, educated and very calm, I can't even remember him getting angry."

Bafounta will sign a three-year deal with BVB.