Huge boost for Chelsea, Liverpool as £35m target reveals future plans

Oli Fisher

Liverpool and Chelsea have been given a boost in their reported pursuit of Watford’s star midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Watford have been fighting hard to keep the France Under-21 international away from Paris Saint-Germain, while Tottenham have also enquired about the player in the past.

Chelsea and Liverpool are the two Premier League sides to have been most strongly linked however, with reports suggesting both would make £35m moves for the 26-year-old.

Doucoure has never hidden his flattery at having been linked with a move to PSG, but now he has told L’Equipe that his preference is to stay in England.

“I do not dream of a particular club,” he told the French outlet.

“Of course PSG is one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but I don’t have in mind to want to go to PSG at any particular price.

“I would like to stay in the Premier League, I think it’s the best place to express my qualities as a player.

“From there it depends on the offers and many other things, I am very open. If something happens then so be it, otherwise I’ll be happy with Watford’s jersey.

“I gave everything for three seasons, and if I stay one more season, I’ll be happy, and if I leave I’ll be happy too.

“Everyone knows what I want, but it may not necessarily happen as I wish.”

Doucoure has amassed five goals and six assists in his third season in the Premier League this term, helping the Hornets to the FA Cup final and an 11th-placed finish.


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