The powers that be at Crystal Palace have slapped a £70 million valuation on the head of a key member of the club’s midfield setup, in a bid to ward off interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool.
The player in question? Cheick Doucoure.
For those who may have missed it, the name of Malian international Doucoure has taken its place front and centre in the headlines at Selhurst Park across much of the summer to date.
This comes amid interest in the services of the 23-year-old on the part of a whole host of Premier League clubs.
To this point, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been tipped as potential landing spots for Doucoure with a view to the season ahead.
It is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, though, who are understood to have expressed the most serious interest in landing the former RC Lens standout.
Amid an ongoing search for a replacement for Fabinho, the Reds view Doucoure as the ideal addition, with a view to both the short and long term.
In turn, it will no doubt come as a blow to the Anfield brass, on Friday, to hear of Crystal Palace’s valuation of the club’s engine room standout being made public knowledge.
As per a report from the Evening Standard:
‘Crystal Palace will demand at least £70million for both Eberechi Eze and Cheick Doucoure in the final week of the transfer window.’
Attacker Eze, meanwhile, is a target for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.