Crystal Palace close to signing Cheick Doucouré from Lens for initial £18m

Fee for 22-year-old Mali midfielder could rise to more than £22mTakumi Minamino completes move from Liverpool to MonacoCrystal Palace are closing on the signing of Mali’s midfielder Cheick Doucouré after agreeing an initial £18m fee.The 22-year-old emerged as one of Patrick Vieira’s key targets after excelling in Ligue 1 last season as Lens finished seventh, with Doucouré expected to agree a five-year contract at Selhurst Park after agreeing personal terms. Palace had an initial £14m offer rejected last week but returned with an improved bid potentially worth more than £22m.

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