Liverpool have a chance to sign Jeremy Doku for cheap – if you go by the words of a Belgian agent. The Reds reportedly want the youngster.
Cheikh Fall, a football agent based in Belgium, spoke to Voetbal Nieuws recently on player fees.
“In Belgium, there is really a lot of talent,” he said. “Of course you have talents like Jonathan David and Sambi Lokonga, who even seem like ‘veterans’ because they have been around for two years already.
“You also have talents like Aster Vranckx and Jérémy Doku, who are already established at their clubs. Although they, like all players in football, will also be cheaper due to the current situation in football.”
Those latter two are particularly interesting as reports link Liverpool with both. Niuewsblad mentioned back in March that the Reds wanted Doku, for instance, while CalcioMercato says that Jurgen Klopp sees the player as the next Sadio Mane.
The Mirror linked Liverpool with Vranckx, too, in recent days. They claim that KV Mechelen will have to sell the teenager and that the Reds want to add him to their ranks.
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Cheap deals for youngsters could be a good strategy for Liverpool this summer. It’s largely what they did last summer, of course, but extending that plan could work again.
The Independent recently claimed that Liverpool are going to be cautious this summer. That means a £50m move for Timo Werner could be a risk too far. Similarly, they’ll struggle to justify any big-money moves for first-team players that the Reds don’t necessarily need.
Instead, moving for potentially cheap deals on up-and-coming talents could mitigate the risk. That Mirror article claims Vranckx could move for £1.5m, for instance.
Deals at that price for teenagers who have already played senior football in a decent league – and look like real talents – don’t seem to carry much risk.
And if Liverpool rate both Vranckx and Doku highly, perhaps they can take advantage of the current economic situation, rather than feel hampered by it.