Crystal Palace midfielder Cheick Doucoure has emerged as a target for Liverpool, who are looking to strengthen their midfield options this summer. The Eagles have placed a minimum valuation of £70 million on the 23-year-old, who has become a key player for the club since arriving from Lens for £18 million last summer.
Liverpool have not yet made an approach for Doucoure, but the Mali international is aware of the club’s interest. With the imminent departure of captain Jordan Henderson to Al Ettifaq and the potential exit of Fabinho to Saudi Arabia, Liverpool are in need of further midfield reinforcements.
Despite Palace’s desire to keep Doucoure for another season, the club officials are likely to find it difficult to refuse an offer of between £70m-£80m. The Eagles have seen other Premier League clubs sign midfielders for large sums of money, such as Arsenal’s £105m signing of West Ham captain Declan Rice and Brighton’s valuation of Moises Caicedo at £100m, who is a target for Chelsea.
There is a feeling at Palace that with the right additions to the squad, the club could push for a minimum top 10 finish next season, with Doucoure being central to those plans. However, the prospect of making a huge profit on the midfielder after just a season could eventually tempt the Eagles to sell.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are looking to further strengthen their squad after already adding Alexis MacAllister and Dominic Szoboszlai to their midfield. Doucoure’s technical ability and physicality make him an attractive option for Jurgen Klopp, who is looking for players to reinforce his midfield.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will make an offer for Doucoure, but if they do, it seems that Palace will demand a significant fee for the midfielder.