Date: 19th July 2023 at 12:40pm
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Liverpool are in the market for at least one new central midfielder, with two of their current stars set to depart the club in the coming weeks. 

Both Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are expected to complete moves to the Saudi Arabian Pro League this summer, which would leave manager Jurgen Klopp short of options in midfield.

The Reds have signed both Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai during the current window, but they have also had to deal with the departures of James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

With that in mind, it appears that Liverpool are eyeing a move for a Premier League midfielder.

According to Football Insider, Crystal Palace have told Liverpool that they will have to pay more than £35 million to sign midfielder Cheick Doucoure.

The Mali international joined Palace from French side Lens last summer and impressed during his first season in the Premier League.

Doucoure is a target for Liverpool this summer

Doucoure, 23, made 35 appearances across all competitions last term, helping the Eagles to avoid relegation with a strong end of season run of results.

His performances didn’t go unnoticed, though, and Liverpool are said to be considering a move for the player as they look to bolster their midfield.

The report claims that Liverpool are set to receive a combined fee of around £50 million for the sales of Fabinho and Henderson, although Palace are set to hold firm on their asking price for Doucoure.

The Eagles paid around £21 million to sign the player from Ligue 1 side Lens last summer, and they are said to be intent on making a significant profit if they are to sell the midfielder.

Despite his relatively young age, Doucoure is very experienced having made more than 130 appearances for former side Lens across all competitions.

At present, the player is contracted to Palace until the summer of 2027, putting the London outfit in a commanding position during any potential negotiations.

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