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Jeremy Doku will surely cost Liverpool a fortune if they change minds

Jeremy Doku will likely cost anyone a fortune if they want the player going forward. Liverpool reportedly like the 18-year-old.

Rennes paid a significant cost for Jeremy Doku. They signed the teenager for around £24m, per RTL, taking a chance that he’s going to explode over the next few seasons.

And he might. Doku is a very talented young player and one Liverpool reportedly wanted. But as HLN explains, the Reds were in a tricky spot this summer.

The Belgian outlet says that Liverpool liked Doku a lot but couldn’t justify a move. That’s because the 18-year-old is too good to be an U23 player but not quite at the level for their first-team.

Thus the Reds passed on any move – but they still like him. Doku is still on their list, says HLN, and they’ll watch him over the next few years.

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But it will surely cost them a fortune.

Heavy price

So Liverpool took a chance, really. They decided not to bring in Doku now as they couldn’t develop him properly.

They’re hoping that either he becomes an incredible player they feel sure about – or that he doesn’t really amount to much.

Because if Liverpool at all want him, they’ll need to justify what will surely be a massive price-tag.

Firstly, there’s the original £24m fee – Rennes aren’t selling him for anything under that. But deals over the last two years show just how pricey young Ligue 1 forwards can get.

Nicolas Pepe, for instance, joined Arsenal for £72m – their club record. Then this year saw Victor Osimhen join Napoli for £63m. And that was after just 13 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games.

Liverpool really took a chance, then, because we don’t believe they’d have considered either of those players at their respective prices. If Doku ends up near their level, the Reds won’t get him.

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And that will be disappointing. You could see them signing either player for half of their eventual fees – just not the astronomical prices they commanded. Doku, at that level, would be a very good player to have.

But Doku ends up with a price like this, he would have to become a superstar for the Reds to go back in for him. There’s just no other way to justify a move. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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