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Liverpool eye Premier League star to replace Henderson and Fabinho
The sales should raise more than £50 million combined for Liverpool and would leave a gap in their midfield, which has already seen Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave, while Fabio Carvalho has joined RB Leipzig on loan.
Liverpool have brought in Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai to add to their squad but the departures of Henderson and Fabinho has left the need for a more defensive-minded acquisition, with Doucoure touted by The Athletic as a potential option.
Doucoure only joined Palace last year for £26m and won the club’s player of the year award, although the London side would likely demand a significant fee to sell the 23-year-old.
Liverpool forced into transfer reshuffle after Saudi moves
Liverpool had initially considered moving to strengthen in defence before the Saudi interest in their midfield duo, which has caused a rethink to their transfer plans.
A deal in principle has been struck for Henderson of around £12m while Fabinho is set to cost Al-Ittihad £40m, which would raise the funds for a player like Lavia, whom Liverpool have been pursuing heavily.
Kalvin Phillips, Sofyan Amrabat and Ryan Gravenberch are also thought to be on Jurgen Klopp’s shortlist, meaning a move for Doucoure would likely only progress if it was deemed more affordable than other targets.
Lavia is thought to be Liverpool’s ideal target but the departure of both Fabinho and Henderson could see the focus switch to signing two players instead of one.