In a surprise twist in the transfer market, Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq have set their sights on Abdoulaye Doucouré, Everton's star midfielder. Reliable sources such as talkSPORT reveal that the Saudi club is looking for the player as a possible replacement for Jordan Henderson, who recently left the team.
Although no rapprochement between Al-Ettifaq and Everton has yet been formalized, the Saudi Pro League has begun preliminary discussions with Doucouré's advisors. The 31-year-old midfielder is in the spotlight for Steven Gerrard's side, who are looking to strengthen their midfield following Henderson's unexpected departure to Ajax.
Doucouré, new destination of the Saudi Pro League
The possibility of Doucouré joining Al-Ettifaq would open the door to a reunion with his former Everton teammate Demarai Gray, who joined the Saudi club last summer. This potential midfield duo would be an exciting addition to the team that currently leads the Premier League top scorers list.
Doucouré, the Toffees' top scorer this season with six goals, has proven to be a key player at Everton. His decisive goal against Bournemouth on the final day of last season ensured Everton's stay in the Premier League. Despite his prominent role, the player beloved by fans at Goodison Park only has 18 months left on his contract.
Although Doucouré has represented Mali twice at international level, his decision not to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations shows his continued commitment to Everton. The French midfielder's future is becoming increasingly exciting and Al-Ettifaq's eyes are firmly set on this potential acquisition that could change the landscape in the Saudi Pro League.