Jeremy Doku is available for around £33m, according to reports. He could be the transfer Liverpool need in January.
Belgian outlet HLN ran some interesting quotes from the father of Jeremy Doku this week. He essentially explains that Barcelona likely couldn’t afford his son, who is content to remain with Rennes for the time being.
Any club wanting to sign the player would need to put up at least £33m, too, just to get Renne’s attention.
There are ‘many clubs’ interested, though, and whether the younger Doku moves or not ‘depends on the club’ making the offer.
Should that club be Liverpool?
Should Liverpool move for £33m Jeremy Doku?
Belgian journalist Alexandre Braeckman claimed last month that Doku could leave Rennes. He also says that it’s a transfer Liverpool like.
And that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Liverpool will look for a winger this January, per Fabrizio Romano, as they attempt to cover AFCON absences.
Doku certainly has the raw tools to do a job for Liverpool. He’s rapid and capable of dribbling at an elite level – both factors the Reds want on their wings.
The only real issue right now is that Doku doesn’t have ‘elite’ output. He doesn’t score too many, nor does he register assists at a solid rate. The 19-year-old is a development project, then.
Doku is someone who has the ability to become a special player but isn’t quite there yet. A push in the right direction in the right environment could get him there, though.
And maybe that’s what Liverpool need. They’re not trying to replace Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah – not in the short-term, anyway. They instead want someone who can cover for a month before taking a backseat.
A teenager fits that bill nicely, while also giving Liverpool that long-term replacement. The Reds would just need to back themselves to help Doku fulfil his potential.
He’d be a risk at £33m but Doku might be one worth taking. The potential benefits are huge.