Liverpool in talks for rapid £23.4m forward but Arsenal have ‘wowed’ him with their proposal

Liverpool have kept their relationship with Doku alive after he visited Melwood in 2018 but they could miss out to Arsenal.

When Belgium crashed out of the EUROs this summer, the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne were heartbroken.

But 19-year-old Jeremy Doku would have felt more alive than he ever has after putting in a scintillating display against Italy’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 02: Giovanni Di Lorenzo of Italy battles for possession with Jeremy Doku of Belgium during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Belgium and Italy at Football Arena Munich on July 02, 2021 in Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 02: Giovanni Di Lorenzo of Italy battles for possession with Jeremy Doku of Belgium during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Belgium and Italy at Football Arena Munich on July 02, 2021 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The fleet-footed winger gave the Italian fullback one of the most difficult nights of his career as he sent him sprawling on more than one occasion.

Lukaku, De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens are just a few of the talented players that have come out of Belgium in the last decade and the future continues to look bright.

Doku is by no means a new talent as far as Liverpool are concerned as they reportedly gave him a tour of Melwood when he was just 16.

He ultimately rejected Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal but is now on the radar of Premier League clubs once again.

A recruitment source close to Anfield Central says that while Liverpool have been in dialogue with both Rennes and Jeremy Doku, Arsenal have made the most significant impression on the Belgian star.

The Reds understand that given Doku’s age, his desire to continue developing and the fact that his contract runs until 2025, he will not leave the club this summer.

With this in mind, Liverpool were in dialogue with the Ligue 1 side over the prospect of a move to Anfield next summer.

Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane will be 30 years old next summer and has already shown signs of decline after his form dipped alarmingly last season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his sides 3rd goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 28, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his sides 3rd goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 28, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

The Athletic reports Mane will be offered a lucrative offer to stay at the club but Doku is believed to be a player that can develop into his successor.

While nothing concrete is close to being agreed and likely won’t be until next summer due to the player’s age and contract situation, Arsenal have ‘wowed’ him with their vision for the future.

The Gunners’ capture of Sambi Lokonga and how they explained he would fit in at Arsenal seems to have appealed to Doku too.

While he took a different path, he played with the midfielder for Anderlecht.

Game time is understood to be important to the teenager and much like Patson Daka choosing Leicester over Liverpool, not being able to feature regularly in the starting XI could see them miss out to Arsenal.

Transfermarkt values Doku at £23.4million which is a fair price for a player as talented and exciting as the Belgian.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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