Liverpool and Arsenal are set to duke it out to see who can secure the services of one of Europe’s most promising young goalkeepers.
The Reds are expected to preside over a relatively subdued summer window.
Likewise, The Gunners aren’t predicted to be one of the league’s big spenders, meaning deals under the radar for potential future superstars could become a staple of their summers.
One such example could be in the case of 17-year-old goalkeeper Ricardo van der Laan.
The Portuguese Under-18’s goalkeeper has begun to attract the attention of elite clubs worldwide. And despite his tender age, has already broken through into current club Belenenses’ Under-23 team.
Four appearances were made this season, and Van der Laan was even handed a spot on the bench of the first-team as the season drew to a close.
Now, according to Football Insider, Liverpool and Arsenal have duly taken note of his rapid rise.
The pair are described as having ‘set their sights’ on acquiring the teen. While a boost could stem from the player only having one year remaining on his current contract in Portugal.
Liverpool already boast a plethora of talent between the sticks across the varying age groups.
Senior pros Loris Karius and Adrian remain the back-ups to Alisson Becker, while Caoimhin Kelleher was given a taste of first-team football in the domestic cup campaigns.
However, with the player so highly touted, a move shoring up the club’s future in that position would be wise.
Sancho turned by TAA charm offensive?
Meanwhile, It would appear that Trent Alexander-Arnold is responsible for Jadon Sancho turning his head towards a move to Liverpool again.
United boosted their hopes of landing Sancho when they secured Champions League football on the final day of the campaign.
But a report from Germany claims Sancho is not that keen on heading to Old Trafford. Adding that he would much sooner turn out in the red of Liverpool.