Liverpool are considering a deal for Jeremy Doku, according to reports. Recent days make it look like a better deal than ever.
Liverpool have long been relatively up against it when it comes to transfers. They can’t throw about the same kind of cash as some, often having to take semi-risks.
But this week shows the direction things are going if you want to compete at the top. Transfer fees and wages are now hitting unbelievable levels, even when compared to other elite clubs.
Just take Liverpool’s rivals for the Premier League crown, for instance. Manchester City just broke the English transfer record by spending £100m on Jack Grealish.
They’ll pay him up to £380k-a-week, according to the Telegraph, in the richest deal in British football history. And how do you compete with that?
Grealish isn’t even one of the world’s best players, for one thing, and hasn’t featured in the Champions League. It’s incredible money.
Especially as, according to that article, City still want £150m Harry Kane. There is no way Liverpool can compete one-on-one like that. They just don’t have anything like that money.
Then what about the rivals for the Champions League. It certainly appears that Paris Saint-Germain will join City as favourites, given they’re adding Lionel Messi.
The Guardian reports PSG will pay their new signing around £30m-a-year net. Again, it’s a figure that Liverpool – and every other club on earth – can’t really get near.
What makes it all the more ridiculous is that teammate Neymar is paid something similar. Again, how do Liverpool compete with that?
Jeremy Doku deal?
Jeremy Doku is nowhere near the likes of Messi and Neymar but striking a deal for him makes a lot of sense. And Liverpool might do something like that.
Voetbal24 claims there’s a potential £38m move in the pipeline.
Now, that would be a massive risk. It’s a lot of money for a 19-year-old who hasn’t achieved all that much just yet. He’s got one season in Ligue 1 under his belt and while he played well, Doku didn’t dominate the league or anything.
But taking a chance on something like this might be Liverpool’s best chance at fighting back. They’ve reportedly tracked Doku for a very long time, rate him highly, and could secure a very bright young talent.
Develop him correctly and Liverpool might have a star. And the way things are going, signings like this might be their best way of securing stars.
Because should Doku set the world alight next season, his price will shoot up. And who knows how high? He could become unattainable if the wrong clubs take a liking.
Liverpool can’t afford for their targets to become stars before signing them. The last few days show that as other clubs flaunt their spending power. Striking when the opportunity knocks and taking risks on young players is surely the best way to compete.