Liverpool are weighing up whether to make another push to sign Rennes winger Jeremy Doku this summer.
That’s according to Calciomercato who claim that Liverpool are set to return for the 19-year-old Belgium international.
It’s reported that The Reds are evaluating Doku, who they held an interest in during his time at Anderlecht.
Reds return for Doku
Since it became known that he had rejected a move to Liverpool after turning sixteen, Doku has been consistently linked to The Reds.
According to Doku’s father, Liverpool did everything possible to sign the prodigious forward in 2018.
“Steven Gerrard showed us videos with tactical analysis. At the training complex Mignolet, Mane and Wijnaldum came to talk to us. How we were received there – damn!” David Doku said in 2020 as per Het Nieuwsblad via Goal.
But it wasn’t enough. Anderlecht pulled out the big guns, and a video from Romelu Lukaku convinced him to stay in Belgium at that time.
“They got smart with a video from Romelu Lukaku. As Jeremy hesitated to leave, that took away his final doubt,” Doku’s father said.
Doku did eventually leave. In 2020 he joined French side Rennes after playing almost 40 times for Anderlecht.
Doku was incredibly impressive during Belgium’s Euro 2020 campaign last summer. The 19-year-old terrorised defences with his sheer pace and direct style.
But after alerting the wider world to his talents during the tournament, he has failed to properly kick on. Injuries have limited the youngster to just four Ligue 1 starts as Rennes push for a Champions League spot.
That’s unlikely to have deterred Liverpool, though. They are well-known for tracking former targets and in Doku’s case, he is still very much at the start of his career.
Had the Belgian been setting the world alight in France, Liverpool may have been utterly convinced to sign him. But in doing so they would probably have had to pay an exorbitant fee too.
With injuries curtailing his progress and Rennes excelling without him, it could be that he’s available for a reduced fee this summer.
If he is, there shouldn’t be much to evaluate from Liverpool’s point of view – go and get him.