Crystal Palace are reportedly placing a minimum valuation of £70million on midfielder Cheick Doucoure, who has emerged as a target for Liverpool this summer. Jurgen Klopp has made it a priority to bolster his midfield options, especially with the imminent departure of captain Jordan Henderson to Saudi Arabian club Al Ettifaq and the potential exit of Fabinho.
Doucoure, who was purchased for £18million from Lens last summer, has attracted concrete interest from Liverpool, who have started calculating the cost of signing the 23-year-old Mali international. While Palace is yet to receive an approach from Liverpool, they are preparing themselves for an inquiry.
Mail Sport understands that Doucoure is aware of Liverpool’s interest, but Palace is keen on keeping him for the upcoming season. However, officials at the south London club are likely to find it hard to refuse an offer between £70m-£80m.
Doucoure has become a crucial player for the Eagles in his 12 months at the club, and there is a feeling that with the right additions, they could push for a top 10 finish next season. The midfielder is central to those plans, but Palace could be tempted to make a huge profit on Doucoure after just a season.
Palace has seen Arsenal sign West Ham captain and defensive midfielder Declan Rice for £105m, while Brighton values fellow midfielder Moises Caicedo, a target for Chelsea, at £100m. There is a belief at Palace that Doucoure is worth at least £70m in the current market.
In conclusion, with Liverpool looking for midfield reinforcements, Doucoure has emerged as a key target. However, Palace is in no hurry to sell their prized asset and would only consider offers in the region of £70m-£80m. With other midfielders in the Premier League commanding high transfer fees, Palace’s valuation of Doucoure seems fair in the current market.