Arsenal transfer news: Interest lodged in Cheick Doucoure as quarter of Prem prepare for battle

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Cheick Doucoure playing for RC Lens Credit: PA Images
Cheick Doucoure playing for RC Lens Credit: PA Images

Arsenal are one of five Premier League clubs to have registered an interest in Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure, according to a report.

For the second consecutive season, Lens finished in seventh place in the 2021-22 edition of Ligue 1. One of the reasons they have been comfortable in the top half of the French first division is their strength in midfield. Seko Fofana has earned plenty of plaudits there, but teammate Cheick Doucoure has also impressed.

As such, the latter is once again attracting interest from the Premier League. Last summer, he was linked with Aston Villa. More recently, he has been mentioned as an option for Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur.

According to the latest from the Daily Mirror, the queue for Doucoure comprises of at least four clubs, potentially five in the near future. Neither Villa or Tottenham get a mention.

Instead, the suitors competing for the 22-year-old appear to be Arsenal, Brighton, Palace and Everton. All four clubs have supposedly made their interest known. In addition, Wolves have an interest in case they need to replace Ruben Neves.

But they do not seem to be as advanced with their pursuit as the other four interested parties.

Arsenal have been chasing a midfielder since the January transfer window, when they wanted Arthur Melo. Their fears there have since been alleviated by a contract extension for Mohamed Elneny. Still, it is somewhere they could reinforce prior to their return to the Europa League.

Brighton, meanwhile, could be bracing themselves for the departure of Yves Bissouma. The standout Mali international is out of contract in just over a year.

Their rivals Palace have established their interest in Doucoure for a while. They may have to fill a void if Conor Gallagher cannot return to the club after his loan spell from Chelsea ended.

As for Everton, manager Frank Lampard may want to strengthen the position he once called his own during his own playing days elsewhere. Reinforcements will be necessary at Goodison Park to prevent another relegation battle.

Arsenal might appeal most for Cheick Doucoure

Each destination would be one for Doucoure to consider. After four seasons with Lens – two in Ligue 2 and two in Ligue 1 – it could be time for the next step of his career.

The Premier League looks like a possible landing spot. He would have a reason to consider each of his suitors.

But perhaps the most appealing would be Arsenal, given their qualification for European football next season. The others are all without it, even if some may be striving towards that territory for the future.

And Doucoure would stand a chance of getting regular gametime in Mikel Arteta’s lineup. Their midfield currently comprises of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga. Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles may also return after loan spells, but are unlikely to feature prominently in Arsenal’s plans.

Of the aforementioned quartet, then, Doucoure could take the place of Partey if he leaves, as has been rumoured. If not, doubts remain about Xhaka and Elneny as starters, while Lokonga is still a developing player.

Therefore, Doucoure could have a chance of becoming a starter if he joined Arsenal. The same would be true of his other suitors, admittedly. However, Arsenal’s higher standing may make them the most appealing.

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