Saudi Arabian clubs have approached Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, and both have agreed to personal contracts. With only an inter-club agreement remaining, the transfer is only a matter of time, as Al Ittehad has made a formal offer for the Brazilian midfielder.
Liverpool are looking for a successor to the player, and their top target is Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia. Sofian Amrabat and Kalvin Phillips have also been mentioned as candidates, but various other names have surfaced recently.
According to Football Insider, Liverpool is exploring the possibility of signing Mali midfielder Cheick Doucouré, who plays for Crystal Palace and is one of the successors to the Brazilian’s departure.
Doucouré made his first Premier League appearance last summer after joining from RC Rens. He made 35 appearances for the club, which experienced a resurgence in the second half of the season. He was a ball-winner at the bottom of midfield and covered large areas of the pitch with his athleticism, performing well for a struggling team.
His ability to start for a team competing for the top spot in the domestic league is a fine line, making him an interesting option to keep warm on the bench. Ideally, we would prefer a player with experience playing at a higher level, but the reality is that the budget does not allow for high expectations.
Southampton’s asking price is higher than their valuation, and it is unlikely that they will make a move for the 19-year-old Belgian midfielder unless there is a price reduction. A cheaper option might be the Malian midfielder.
Will the 23-year-old midfielder, who is under contract until 2027, ever make it down to Anfield…?