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Liverpool: Carney Chukwuemeka rejects new deal amid links to Anfield

Liverpool: Carney Chukwuemeka rejects new deal amid links to Anfield -Liverpool News

Liverpool target and Aston Villa youngster Carney Chukwuemeka has rejected a new deal and shown ‘no sign’ of extending his stay in the Midlands.

The Lowdown: Liverpool keen on Chukwuemeka

The 18-year-old is an extremely talented young prospect at Villa Park, already being handed 16 first-team appearances and being described as a ‘fantastic’ player by Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Chukwuemeka this summer as Jurgen Klopp potentially eyes up midfield additions, with Neil Jones reporting the Villa gem is ‘highly thought of’ at Anfield.

The Englishman’s current Villa deal expires at the end of next season, meaning he could leave for a compensation fee in 2023 if he doesn’t extend his stay before then.

The Latest: Youngster rejects deal, ‘no sign’ he’ll stay

According to The Telegraph‘s Mike McGrath on Twitter, Chukwuemeka has turned down a new contract offer at Villa and now looks set to move:

“Carney Chukwuemeka has rejected #AVFC contract extension and no sign of agreement. He can seal pre-contract with another club in January and leave for around £400,000 next summer, which many would explore in his situation. Clubs expected to bid before that.”

The Verdict: Part of the Reds rebuild?

At some point, Klopp is going to have to rebuild his midfield at Liverpool, considering James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago are now all in their 30s, while Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are 29 later this year.

Jude Bellingham could be the big signing who comes in next summer but Chukwuemeka may be one for the here and now, coming in as a squad player and maturing into a regular over time alongside the likes of Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho.

The Villa man would surely jump at the opportunity to play for arguably one of the two best sides in world football, whether that be arriving now or next year after a pre-contract agreement is signed in January.

Either way, Chukwuemeka certainly has the potential to be an exciting addition, considering he has just won the Under-19s Euros with England and was named in the Team of the Tournament.

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