Liverpool name Crystal Palace star Cheick Doucoure as top transfer target as asking price revealed
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Liverpool have named Crystal Palace star Cheick Doucoure as their number one transfer target this summer, according to a report.
The Reds have already completed three additions to their midfield this summer, with Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo all joining the club.
But that has been offset by departures, with both Fabinho and club captain Jordan Henderson moving to the Saudi Pro League.
With James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all released, manager Jurgen Klopp is eyeing up other options.
And they are reportedly targeting a deal for Doucoure before the window shuts - but they will have to spend big.
Liverpool target Crystal Palace star Cheick Doucoure
According to Football Insider, the Reds are desperate to complete a deal for the 24-year-old Mali international, having assigned him as the key target for the remainder of the window.
However, he is valued at £70 million by Palace, who do not want to lose another star player this summer after the departure of Wilfried Zaha to Galatasaray.
But Doucoure, who has been described as 'incredibly complete' by analytical website Breaking the Lines, would be a significant signing for Klopp's side as they look to challenge at the top of the Premier League once again.
And with the Reds already missing out on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia to Chelsea, they are now having to turn to other options to fill the problematic defensive midfield spot. It is claimed they will go 'all out' for Doucoure.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday, Klopp spoke about how there is 'not a lot of space for failure' when it comes to transfers.
He said: "Since I've been here, we have had to [live within our means]. The club has had to, and of course that doesn't make it easier.
"The problem is not our situation, it's just in comparison to the other main teams. We have to be on point. That's pretty much the thing."