Manchester United are keen on Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to a report from Spanish outlet Fichajes.
At the start of this month, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher hailed Doucoure as ‘one of the standout players’ in the early part of the Premier League season.
The Frenchman is currently out of action after picking up a foot injury which is expected to sideline him for six to seven weeks. Patrick Boyland, Everton correspondent for The Athletic, described it a ‘huge loss’ for Rafael Benitez’s side.
United, for their part, have been told that they need to sign an upgrade in midfield to address what is an ‘obvious’ flaw in their team.
It would apparently take somewhere between €25m (£21.1m) and €40m (£33.8m) to convince Everton to part with the 28-year-old.
This news comes at an especially bad time for Everton, who were dealt a 5-2 home thrashing by Watford at the weekend, the Hornets having lost their previous match 5-0 at home to Liverpool.
If Doucoure were to be lured away from Goodison Park, the Toffees’ chances of a top-half finish could potentially be in jeopardy. As per WhoScored metrics, he is their second-best performer so far this season, his all-round midfield abilitites highlighted by him being in the top four among the squad for shots and tackles per game.
Still, it’s hard to see Everton entertaining offers in the quoted ballpark. They paid a fraction under £20m to sign him just last year, he could still have up to three years left on his contract and it’s fair to say that his stock has only grown since the move to Merseyside.
In other news, many Everton fans were buzzing over this news.
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