According to recent reports, Crystal Palace has set a minimum fee of £70m for the potential sale of midfielder Cheick Doucoure, amid Liverpool’s search for midfield reinforcements. BBC journalist Alex Howell provided this update on Twitter earlier this week.
Doucoure, who is only 23-years-old, had a remarkable debut season in the Premier League, ranking fourth for average interceptions and being awarded the club’s fan player of the year award. It is not surprising that Crystal Palace would demand such a high fee for their star midfielder, given their reliance on his abilities.
If Liverpool hopes to replace the quality of Fabinho in their squad, they will have to invest in a long-term replacement. The potential acquisition of Doucoure or another highly-rated midfielder such as Benfica’s Florentino Luis, who has been described as a readymade replacement for Fabinho, could be options for Liverpool.
However, with such high transfer fees involved and the competition to sign top-quality midfielders, Liverpool will have to act fast if they hope to secure the services of a suitable replacement for Fabinho. Overall, Liverpool fans will be eager to see how the club approaches their search for midfield reinforcements this transfer window.