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Liverpool to rival Leicester, Newcastle for starlet ‘expected to make Premier League move’

James Holland
Liverpool target Aguibou Camara

Liverpool are reportedly battling Leicester and Newcastle for the signing of £20million-rated Aguibou Camara.

He is a 20-year-old attacking midfielder representing Olympiacos in the Greek Super League. He is on four goals from nine league appearances so far this campaign, helping Olympiacos to take a six-point lead at the top.

Camara is also gaining experience in the Europa League. He has featured against Royal Antwerp, Fenerbahce and Eintracht Frankfurt in Group D, although he is yet to score in the competition.

Camara is a bright talent who is already on eight caps for his national team, Guinea. He joined Olympiacos for just £109k in July but might not be there for much longer.

The Sun write that Liverpool, Leicester and Newcastle are all tracking him ahead of potential bids. They admire his ability to make a big impact on games, despite his tender age.

The Premier League trio have made contact with Camara’s agent. People close to the playmaker claim a Premier League is likely to happen by next summer.

He is also seen as ‘one of the most exciting talents in Europe right now’.

Olympiacos’ president, Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, has set his demands high. A bid worth £20m will be required to prize the player away from Piraeus.

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However, that price could go up if Camara continues to impress in the Greek top flight and in Europe.

The attacker could follow in the footsteps of Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas. He made 86 appearances for Olympiacos before Liverpool came in for his services in August last year.

Widely seen as Andy Robertson’s backup, Tsimikas has gone on to play nine times this campaign.

A number of other stars have represented Olympiacos before moving to the Premier League. Luka Milivojevic, Daniel Podence and Jose Sa are some recent examples.

Star insists Liverpool move was ‘right choice’

Meanwhile, Reds midfielder Thiago Alcantara says his transfer to Anfield in September 2020 was ‘the right choice’.

The Spaniard, 30, has had to deal with multiple injuries while on Merseyside. But he has shown his class when fully fit – it is now just a case of consistency.

Recent rumours have suggested a return to Barcelona could be in order for the central midfielder. However, Thiago seems happy working under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage.

“One hundred per cent I made the right choice, the right move,” he said.

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“You never know because the injuries make you stop your frequency to play, to know much more of how your team performs on the pitch.

“You can watch your football every time and the theory is awesome but the practice is even better.

“I hate that me and my team-mates got injured but it’s part of our job and part of life. When we are fit we have to have as high performances as we can.”

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