Liverpool are set to battle with Manchester City for the signature of Brazilian teenager Reinier.
The Daily Mail reported that last season’s Premier League top two both want to sign the 17-year-old attacking midfielder, even though he has yet to play a first-team game for Flamengo.
The player is contracted to the Brazilian club until December 2020 and, even if Liverpool or Manchester City sign him, he could not leave his homeland until he turns 18 next January.
The Daily Mail added that scouts will be keeping a close eye on him when he plays for Brazil under-17s against Paraguay this week.
Reinier remains untested at senior level, but the volume and stature of his European suitors suggests that he is a highly prodigious talent.
According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are also interested in the player while Everton, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan have all made enquiries.
Also, as reported by Goal, he has a €70million (£63m) release clause in his contract, a sign of how highly he is regarded by Flamengo.
Liverpool’s interest maintains the club’s trend this summer of prioritising teenage talent, with 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg their only confirmed signing so far and the Reds expected to seal a deal for 16-year-old Harvey Elliott, as reported by The Telegraph.
If he is signed by the European champions, it would not be the first time in recent years that Liverpool have snapped up a teenage midfielder from Brazil.
However, Allan has not made any impact at Anfield at all since his arrival in 2015. Indeed, he has never even played for the Reds’ first team and has instead embarked on no fewer than six loan spells, his diverse CV including stints at SJK in Finland, Sint-Truiden in Belgium and Apollon Limassol in Cyprus. For the record, he has scored once in 67 club appearances since Liverpool signed him.
Comparisons with Kaka, who won the World Cup in the year that Reinier was born, reflect well on the Flamengo teenager and hint at how good he could be.
However, Liverpool’s experience with Allan should prevent them from rushing in blindly to snap up another Brazilian teenager. Also, if the Reds do sign Reinier in the next few months, he may need to be loaned out until he becomes a full international so that he could then secure a work permit to play in England.
Liverpool should think long and hard about this possible transfer before ending up with another asset who is ultimately unused.
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