Patrick Vieira has guided Arsenal to their next ideal midfield signing. The Gunners will need to strengthen in this position ahead of next season due to a lack of quality and squad depth.
According to The Mirror, The Gunners are keeping a close eye on Lens defensive midfielder Cheick Doucoure. He would be a useful signing because he can also play in the heart of the defence, despite naturally being a midfielder.
This news comes after constant reports linking the midfielder to Vieira’s Crystal Palace ahead of next season. The Crystal Palace manager’s scouting talent for midfielders have proven to be excellent with him acquiring players such as Connor Gallagher in the past. And with him being one of the best midfielders in Premier League history, this should persuade Arsenal to push through with a deal for Doucoure.
Ever since Vieira left the Gunners in 2005 to join Juventus, the fans have been calling out for a direct replacement for the Frenchman, which has never managed to materialise. However, it seems that they may have hit the jackpot if they secure the signature of Doucoure.
Arsenal could be left short in midfield this summer, as football.london understands that Roma are expected to make a fresh attempt to sign Granit Xhaka at the end of the season.
This will mean that Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny would be the only experienced midfielders in the team. Albert Sambi Lokonga certainly has the potential but has yet to show his quality consistently on the Premier League stage.
Doucoure is valued at £13million by the CIES Football Observatory and enjoyed a strong 2021/22 campaign in Ligue 1. He helped Lens finish seventh in the table while recording five goal contributions in 37 appearances.
football.london’s Crystal Palace reporter Mark Wyatt noted that Palace fans have been handed a fresh hint about Doucoure’s future, as the Mali international was left out of his national team’s latest squad for June’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with reports suggesting this was done to allow him time to make some headway on his club situation.
Arsenal needs to be proactive rather than reactive in this transfer window. Not having this mentality cost them in the January transfer window after losing out to Dusan Vlahovic and Bruno Guimaraes. Stealing Vieira’s ideal signing in Doucoure would certainly be a step in the right direction for the Gunners as Arsenal prepares for a busy summer transfer window ahead of next season.