According to reports, Liverpool could still sign 18-year-old wonderkid Jeremy Doku if Anderlecht’s asking-price of €30 million (£27 million) is met before the October 5 deadline, claim Dutch newspaper HBvL as per SportWitness.
The report adds that Anderlecht are in no hurry to sell Doku, but his sale would help the club significantly reduce debts which currently stand at around €95m.
Liverpool’s reported interest is backed up in today’s newspaper, and it’s stated that Jurgen Klopp views Doku as the long-term succsssor to Sadio Mane.
It is also claimed that the possibility of Liverpool making a late bid to sign the attacker before the window closes ‘cannot be ruled out’.
Who is Doku?
Doku is currently being utilised under the management of Anderlecht head coach and former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
The teenager clocked up 21 appearances in the Belgian top-flight during the 2019/20 campaign before the season was eventually curtailed in March due to the ongoing pandemic.
He scored three times in the league under Kompany last season while also registering three assists.
This time around, Doku has made a strong start to the 2020/21 campaign having clocked up two goals and three assists in Anderlecht’s opening six league matches.
Doku has already been compared with some of Europe’s best rated youngster including Ansu Fati (£40m) of Barcelona and Vinícius Júnior (£50m) of Real Madrid who reportedly are worth to be a combined £90m.
Considering his age, and the fact he is still relatively unknown across Europe would deem that he will not remain unheard of for long.
Doku would be a long-term investment, one who would add depth in a position which Liverpool have had great success in recent years.
What RTK has to say
Sadly, this just isn’t a move we see materialising anytime soon given reputable journalist James Pearce recently confirmed that Liverpool’s business is effectively concluded for another transfer window.
The Reds have heavily invested this summer in the likes of Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota meaning that there isn’t an urgent need for the club to stock up further.
Also, given sporting director Michael Edwards was able to negotiate deals for both Thiago and Jota that combined warranted initial payments of just £9.5 million would suggest that Liverpool are in no financial position to splash out further.
There is no questioning that Doku is a talented player, but in the current financial climate it wouldn’t make sense for Liverpool to invest so heavily in a position they have strengthened in just days ago.
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