Chelsea Manager Mauricio Pochettino Prevented from Halting Third Liverpool Deal

Chelsea Manager Mauricio Pochettino Prevented from Halting Third Liverpool Deal

Chelsea may have benefited Liverpool greatly.

Chelsea may have thwarted Liverpool’s pursuit of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, but the Blues could have assisted Jurgen Klopp’s club in their pursuit of Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure.

After signing Michael Olise to a lucrative new contract following a contentious negotiation with Chelsea, the Eagles may be compelled to sell Doucoure for a fair price in order to recoup funds.

This month, Chelsea agreed to personal terms and activated the winger’s £35 million release clause, making it appear that Olise would join the club.

However, Palace intervened and re-signed Olise to a new four-year contract worth £100,000-per-week, which is more than double the £45,000-per-week wages he was receiving under his previous contract.

The Eagles were reportedly infuriated by the manner in which the Blues handled the matter and contemplated taking their rivals to court for a “illegal approach.”

It is believed that the prospect of legal action may have prompted Chelsea to withdraw from the transaction.

“It’s the best possible news we could have. I had been concerned – it’s always concerning when a club of Chelsea’s stature take interest in a player, and people will suggest that a move to them might be the best bet,” stated manager Roy Hodgson.

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Liverpool is interested in acquiring Cheick Doucoure.

“I had always hoped that wouldn’t be the case and that Michael would realise that at such a young age his future here is very bright, and we can help him move very quickly on to another level.

“I am delighted for the club, and I must congratulate Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman on the fantastic job they have done in persuading him that, even though there was pressure from outside, ‘this is your place and this is where we think you will progress in the right way and develop in the right way’.”

Chelsea interfered with Liverpool’s pursuit of Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo.

Although they were able to retain Olise, Doucoure, who is at the top of Liverpool’s shortlist, may be a different story.

Liverpool are reportedly preparing a bid for the 23-year-old and will have no trouble reaching Palace’s £60 million valuation of the player, having demonstrated their willingness during their ludicrous pursuit of Caicedo.

The Eagles are aware of Liverpool’s sincere interest in the Mali international, but they have not yet received an official offer from the Merseyside club.

Crystal Palace would be willing to sell the Doucoure for the appropriate price.

The summer departures of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, and James Milner have left Liverpool in need of a defensive-minded central midfielder.

The Reds recently acquired Wataru Endo for £16 million from Stuttgart to fill the vacuum, but they are also looking for another holding midfielder to add depth to the position.

Chelsea Manager Mauricio Pochettino Prevented from Halting Third Liverpool Deal

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