Watford desperate to hold on to Abdoulaye Doucoure despite £50m PSG interest

Watford desperate to hold on to Abdoulaye Doucoure despite £50m PSG interest

WATFORD hope they can keep Abdoulaye Doucoure out of Paris Saint-Germain’s clutches, as the French champions prepare to make a move for the s

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WATFORD hope they can keep Abdoulaye Doucoure out of Paris Saint-Germain’s clutches, as the French champions prepare to make a move for the sought-after player.

The powerful midfielder has caught the attention of several top clubs, but PSG have made their interest known and are preparing a £50million bid.

The midfielder has been a key asset for Watford this season and as a result they're not keen disrupt the squad and let him go
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The midfielder has been a key asset for Watford this season and as a result they’re not keen disrupt the squad and let him go[/caption]

The Hornets are not keen on selling their key asset as they don’t want to disrupt their Premier League campaign, where he has helped them to eighth.

But PSG have their own dramas and want to throw cash at the situation.

The Ligue 1 champions have been unable to get Adrien Rabiot to put pen to paper on a new deal and he could well be heading to the Premier League.

As a result the French champions have drawn up a list of potential replacements and Doucoure’s name features high up on their list thanks to his star-of-the-show performances for Watford.

Doucoure came to the rescue against Newcastle as he bagged a goal and therefore a point for Watford
Doucoure came to the rescue against Newcastle as he bagged a goal and therefore a point for Watford
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The 26-year-old has played a leading role for Watford, having played every minute of the 2018 season bar their last game at home.

In their final clash of 2018 against Newcastle, Doucoure was on the bench, but came on to save the day and bagged a goal to ensure Watford got a point.

From 21 appearances, Doucoure has bagged three goals and chalked up five assists.

The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move away from Vicarage Road this summer, but signed a new contract which will keep him with the Hornets until 2023 which is not thought to include a release clause.

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Therefore Watford are in a strong negotiating position and will only sell the midfielder for big bucks.

If Watford did decide to sell Doucoure for £50million, they would make a tidy profit as the midfielder’s stock has risen sharply over the last three years.

The Hornets are believed to have brought the Frenchman for £8million from Rennes in 2015

PSG aren’t the only club sniffing around the Watford midfielder.

The Hornet’s Premier League rivals Arsenal also have Doucoure on a wishlist as they look to boost  their midfield ranks and find a suitable replacement for Aaron Ramsey.

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