Football finance expert Kieran Maguire suspects that Abdoulaye Doucoure is in line for an Everton contract extension.
The Toffees signed Doucoure from Watford ahead of the 2020/21 season for a fee of just under £20m. He has gone on to play 38 times for the club, scoring four goals and providing six assists (via Transfermarkt).
Doucoure initially signed a three-year deal when he joined the Blues, meaning Everton would be paying Watford around £6.65m per year. However, if they extend his contract, they will be able to pay the fee in smaller chunks over a longer period.
“We have got people like [Michael] Keane who has just extended his contract,” Maguire told Football Insider. “Every time you extend a contract, you reduce the amortisation cost.
“They have done that with a few, and I suspect we are likely to see it with likes of Doucoure and others as well.”
We’ll often hear when a new deal is handed out that a player is being rewarded for their performances, but clearly there are other motivations at play too.
Still, you’d think Everton fans would welcome the news of an extension. Doucoure seemed a coup when they snapped him up, and so he has proved, setting up two of their three goals against Burnley last night.
He should be a starter on Merseyside for a number of years yet.
In other news, Everton are set to revisit this move in January.
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