Three of the top six Premier League clubs are interested in signing Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to the midfielder.
The Frenchman has been in excellent form for Watford this season despite their sudden slide down the table as of late. He has scored seven goals in 22 appearances for the Hornets and has been their standout performer throughout the campaign.
While it is no surprise that a string of top performances would attract interest from the so-called bigger clubs, the 25-year-old appeared on French television and when quizzed, confirmed that there has been interest from three Premier League sides Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Tottenham see the Watford man as an ideal long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele whilst Liverpool will be looking to bolster centrally should Emre Can depart and Arsenal have long been on the search for a deep-lying defensive midfielder.
Despite the apparent interest, Doucoure has re-iterated that his focus lies solely on Watford for the time being, but appeared to hint that a transfer is a possibility in the not so distant future (via Sky Sports):
“It’s true that these clubs are interested in me. But I am at Watford and my focus is on finishing the season well and to maintain their Premier League status.
“After, when the club and I make the decision to make the next step, then that will have to be agreed but, for now, I am focused on Watford.”
Having arrived at Vicarage Road for €10.6 million in 2016, should the former France under-21 international be on the move this summer it is likely that Watford would make a substantial profit on their initial spend.
But as Doucoure says, the focus at the club will solely remain on Premier League survival before any kind of deal can be struck.
A bid, however, seems all but a formality.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena