Liverpool’s hopes of signing Cheick Doucoure from Crystal Palace appear to be fading as the transfer window deadline approaches. The Reds have been linked with the midfielder for the past month, but according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, a move is unlikely unless Liverpool is willing to make a substantial financial commitment.
Romano, in his Daily Briefing, highlighted that Crystal Palace values Doucoure highly and is reluctant to part ways with important players unless an exorbitant bid is made. The situation with Doucoure mirrors that of Eberechi Eze, who Manchester City also expressed interest in. It seems that Palace is determined to retain their key assets, and only a significant offer would prompt them to consider a deal.
Liverpool had inquired about the conditions for a potential transfer last week, but with just eight days remaining in the transfer window, it appears increasingly unlikely that a deal will materialize. The longer Liverpool waits, the higher the price tag for Doucoure, making the prospect of signing him less feasible.
This news will undoubtedly disappoint many Liverpool fans who have voiced their desire to see the 23-year-old midfielder at Anfield. However, the reported asking price of £70-80 million set by Crystal Palace is considered excessive by Liverpool’s standards.
There is no denying Doucoure’s quality and the potential impact he could have at Liverpool. However, the club has a limited pool of players for whom they would be willing to pay such a substantial amount. As the transfer window draws to a close, it seems increasingly unlikely that Liverpool will secure the services of Doucoure.
While surprises can always happen in the world of football, it appears that Liverpool’s pursuit of Doucoure has hit a roadblock, and the chances of a deal being reached before the transfer deadline are diminishing. Liverpool will need to explore alternative options to address their midfield needs and strengthen their squad for the challenges ahead.