The race to sign PSV’s Belgian winger Zakaria Bakkali may have a new leader, with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf suggesting Liverpool are in pole position to sign the teenager.
Arsenal and Real Madrid are also understood to be on the trail of the 18-year-old, who burst onto the scene with a sizzling hat trick in just his second start for the Peasants earlier this term.
Brendan Rodgers’ desire to bring another winger to Anfield has been well publicised and signing the promising youngster, who had looked destined to force his way into his nation’s World Cup plans earlier this term, would rate quite a coup.
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Liverpool’s chances of adding two-footed winger Bakkali to their armoury have been aided by the fact that the Belgian international, who will be inside the final year of his contract in the summer, is dragging his feet over an extension.
PSV are loathe to lose another gifted youngster, having seen Zakaria Labyad flounder in Portugal since leaving them on a free for Sporting Lisbon last term.
Yet they have been undermining their chances of keeping hold of the wanted man by giving him just two run outs since the Eredivisie’s return from the winter break in January.
Despite what could be perceived as a bid by the Dutch giants to keep their starlet under wraps until he is safely signed up, Rodgers is understood to have had Bakkali scouted on numerous occasions this term and to be encouraged by what he has seen.