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Likely winner named after Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Leeds lock horns over deal for Northern Irish sensation

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp alongside Man City boss Pep Guardiola

16-year-old Northern Ireland wonderkid, Cole Brannigan, is courting interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest hitters, and which club are closing in on a deal has been revealed.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Leeds United all invested in their future this summer. While Man City conducted the bulk of their business buying players for the here and now, the others signed an array of teenage talent they hope will blossom in the future.

Indeed, Liverpool added Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsay to their right-back ranks. Chelsea, meanwhile, forked out around £41m on teenage trio Gabriel Slonina, Carney Chukwuemeka and Cesare Casadei.

Finally, Leeds pulled off three coups upon signing Darko Gyabi, Sonny Perkins and Wilfried Gnonto.

Former West Ham forward Perkins in particular has caught the eye so far, scoring in each of Leeds’ last five Under-21 matches this season.

According to the Sun, all three as well as Man City are chasing Northern Irish sensation Cole Brannigan.

The teenager plies his trade for Linfield and has represented his country at Under-16 level.

He’s clearly made an impression in the very early stages of his career and is now the subject of a four-way transfer battle.

However, according to Sun reporter Alan Nixon, a likely winner is fast emerging.

Cole Brannigan bound for Man City?

Via his Patreon, Nixon reported Man City are closing in on his signature after taking Brannigan on trial.

“Manchester City are trying to win the race for Northern Ireland midfield prospect Cole Brannigan,” wrote Nixon.

“City have had the Linfield teenager in on trial as they close on a deal ahead of three major Premier League rivals.

“Chelsea have been trying for Brannigan who has also got Leeds and Liverpool on his tail.

“The under-16 cap seems certain to move shortly and City hope their prestigious academy system attracts him most.”