CSKA Moscow have slapped a hefty £20 million asking price on their explosive forward Seydou Doumbia, subsequent to an eruption of positive form, according to The Express.
With such a high price tag, the Russian side are hoping to fend off interest from possible Premier League suitors as Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are beginning to circle the Ivorian.
But £20 million still shouldn't be enough to see off Premier League leaders Chelsea whose primary plan is to splash the cash in order to gain success, a regime that worked so successfully over the summer with moves for the likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Loic Remy courtesy of Roman Abramovich's financial prowess.
Building on their success
However, Jose Mourinho is still keen to build upon his almost invincible side who tasted defeat for the first time this campaign with a 2-1 blow at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago.
And the Portuguese man obviously believes that Doumbia is the correct individual who can strike even more fear into the eyes of the Blues' opponents with an impressive 61 goals in 95 appearances for CSKA since joining the club from Young Boys in 2010.
The 26-year-old has certainly proved his confidence against the bigger clubs and has already shown his goalscoring abilities against fellow Premier League opposition when he netted twice against Manchester City in the Champions League last month.
It is about time that the Ivorian is given a chance at a highly rated football level as his current club, CSKA Moscow, in the Russian Premier League has been his highest level of experience throughout an underestimated career.
Although Mourinho is in the drivers seat to land Doumbia, Mauricio Pochettino is searching for a fresh strike partner to play alongside Harry Kane to offer the youngster with an alternative to Roberto Soldado, who in truth is starting to find some form as it may seem with two goals in Spurs' last six outings.
Similarly, Brendan Rodgers is on the prowl to find a goalscorer of some form. With Daniel Sturridge scheduled for return in January and and imminent forward due to arrive at Anfield, things are looking a little more prosperous for Liverpool in the coming weeks.
Doumbia could be a key asset in Merseyside, but the board will be reluctant to offload a sum of money as much as £20 million in order to land the clinical frontman.
THe price tag
CSKA Moscow's leading club director announced their reluctance to sell the 26-year-old and explained why such a large asking price has been placed on him.
“If I have to make an assessment based on the market and the level of the player, I think that Doumbia is worth £20m," he is quoted as saying in the same report.