All-around PL midfielder attracts interest from Arsenal

Watford are reportedly gearing up for a battle to keep some of their key players after losing their fight to beat the drop into the EFL Championship.

Arsenal and Everton are reported to be among the sides monitoring Hornets players including midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Everton are allegedly preparing to swoop for the 27-year-old, after having their previous two bids – including a £40million bid – declined.

And today the Mirror state the Frenchman, who featured in SunSport’s top line up of the PL’s relegated stars, is also attracting interest from FA Cup winners Arsenal.

It’s believed Mikel Arteta’s side may need to get Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi off their books, with the latter appearing to have fallen down the manager’s pecking order.

Doucoure, who has made no secret of his wish to quit Watford, has made 39 appearances across all competitions this campaign, netting on four occasions.

The Frenchman joined the Hertfordshire outfit from Rennes, in January 2016, having spent the first half of that term on loan at Granada

And Doucoure, who penned a five-year contract extension in 2018,  is reported to dream of a switch to French champions Paris Saint Germain.

In January Abdoulaye said: “Yes, I think I will leave Watford. The club are aware of my ambitions and want to help me go up a level.”

Other players who could be heading for the Vicarage Road departure include Gerard Deulofeu and outspoken skipper Troy Deeney.

AC Milan are said to have approached Watford officials in regard to re-signing Delofeu.

And the Serie A club are thought to be keen on a permanent deal to sign the former player, following his six-month loan at the club in 2017.