Many Everton fans have been reacting to fresh comments to French TV channel Canal+, via The Mirror, from 2019 summer transfer target Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has suggested that he will be allowed to leave Watford for the right club this summer.
He said: “We are arriving at the end of a cycle. I think I can still progress massively. I can still do great things. Obviously, if I am pushed to change clubs, it will be to make a step forward.
“If a club of a high level comes and makes an interesting offer for me, of course the club will let me go easily.”
It remains to be seen whether current manager Carlo Ancelotti would still be keen to bring him to Goodison Park in the summer, and whether the midfielder considers the Toffees to be “a club of a high level”.
To be fair to Everton right now however, they are only five points adrift of Chelsea in the final Champions League qualification spot and in good form, so a top-four finish certainly can’t be ruled out just yet.
There are certainly those that would be keen for Everton to reignite their interest in Doucoure, with one supporter suggesting director of football Marcel Brands must be a fan having made two summer bids.
Get him Everton https://t.co/WtGBVNCW0p
— Aidan Calnan (@MoistMurderer) February 10, 2020
Welcome to Everton 👍🏻💙 https://t.co/uNS6xjuNzM
— Bradielka 💙 (@EvertonEFC18788) February 11, 2020
He’s a good player him would do well for us
— ancelotti_bluewhitearmy (@carlos_bluearmy) February 11, 2020
Watford rejected two bids last summer.
Obviously Brands rates him.
— Raumdeuter. (@exiledtoffee) February 11, 2020
Others decided to mention current Toffees players with one asking whether they could send Morgan Schneiderlin to Vicarage Road as part of the deal, while another is already dreaming about him alongside Andre Gomes in the centre.
That is probably a little harsh on the former who is starting to come into his own under Ancelotti, with FFC saying earlier this week that he could throw a spenner in the works when Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are back from injury.
Straight swap for Morgan???
— nilsatisnisioptimum (@OreganFergal) February 11, 2020
Him next to André😍
— dougas (@_1878) February 10, 2020
While others rate him, they were concerned about how much the 27-year-old could cost.
One mentioned a fee of £30-40m, and if he is to cost that much you’d have to wonder whether he’d be worth it – especially if Ancelotti has a reduced budget available to him with a new centre-back surely the priority.
How old is he? I rate him when I watch him and I think he’s the type of player we need (progressive, will carry the ball into space if it’s there), but obviously the price we would be paying would be hefty. Hard to believe there isn’t a better value option abroad
— Liam 🌹 ⚽ (@LiamShipsides) February 11, 2020
I rate him powerful and gets goals be great for the squad wouldn’t pay more than 30 to 40 tho
— Danny Parker87 (@DannyParker87) February 11, 2020
He’d definitely be our best midfield. And while not everyone needs a return price, not everyone even bought younger WILL get a return price. The reality is that top squads are worth $1B. So most of it has to be that way to gain the buying power & FFP flexibility to support it.
— Ryan Williams (@RyanSoccerAA) February 11, 2020