£40 million Premier league star Dacoure discusses Arsenal and Liverpool transfer links.
Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Abdoulaye Doucoure says he is entirely focused on performing for Watford this season after being linked with a summer move away from the club.
Dacoure had a very impressive season last year and was named Watford’s player of the season after a number of dominant performances for the club, and that led to much speculation that both Liverpool and Arsenal were prepared to pay around £20 million to try and prise him away during the transfer window.
Arsenal were looking to once again buy a holding midfielder that would protect the back-line and solve a problem that has been a real issue for a long-time, but the Gunners baulked on the £40 million asking price for Dacoure and ultimately signed Lucas Torreira for £22 million.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was also keen to improve his midfield last summer and was also impressed by the powerful displays by Dacoure, with reports claiming the midfielder was keen to work under the German at Anfield. But they also rejected the chance to sign Dacoure after his asking price was raised and decided to sign Fabinho.
So 25-year-old Doucoure stayed put and committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new deal until 2023, and he has now admitted he is fully focused on the club.
‘There was a lot of speculation in the summer but I was focused on Watford and my football. I don’t think all the speculation was true,’ he said.
‘I’m very happy to have my new deal with the club and to be part of this project.
‘We’ve won four games [in a row this season] and I’m very happy here. I want to put my level as high as possible this year.
‘I was always focused on Watford.’
Here is what we think.
Dacoure is a solid player that has been impressive in the Premier League over the last few seasons, but making that step up to play for a side like Liverpool or Arsenal would have been too much for the Frenchman to handle, and he would have struggled for game time.
So committing his future to Watford was the best thing to do, as his future would have stalled if he left for the big boys.