Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has been stopped from blocking a third Liverpool deal
Chelsea may have done Liverpool a big favour.
Chelsea may have hijacked Liverpool’s moves for top defensive midfield targets Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia but the Blues could just have given Jurgen Klopp’s side a helping hand in their pursuit of Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure. The Eagles don’t want to lose too many key players this summer but after signing Michael Olise onto a new lucrative deal following a turbulent negotiation process with Chelsea they may be forced to sell Doucoure for a reasonable price in order to recoup funds.

Liverpool face Cheick Doucoure transfer fight with Crystal Palace desperate to keep midfielder | Evening Standard

Olise looked all but set to join Chelsea after they agreed personal terms and activated the winger’s £35million release clause earlier this month. However, Palace stepped in and re-signed Olise onto a fresh four-year contract, worth £100,000-a-week – more than double the £45,000-a-week wages he was on with his previous contract.

The Eagles are understood to be infuriated by the way the Blues handled the business and considered taking their rivals to a tribunal over an “illegal approach”. It is thought that the threat of legal action may have forced Chelsea to pull out of the deal.

 “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,” said manager Roy Hodgson.


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