Liverpool are targeting teenage Dutch defender Xavier Mbuyamba who has been touted as the next Virgil van Dijk.
Mbuyamba has swiftly made an impression in the MVV Maastricht side and is attracting large interest having been tipped for the top.
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Voetbal International reports that the Reds are amongst a host of clubs tracking him; the others include Celtic, Bayern Munich, FC Porto and Chelsea.
The 17-year-old is already on trial with Chelsea – but the Reds are keen to swoop and take advantage of the Blues' transfer ban which could cause them to miss out on Mbuyamba this summer.
MVV have failed to tie the talented youngster down to a professional deal, and his encouraging 11 appearances in the Dutch second tier this season will open the door to a move to a top club.
The rising star could be tempted to link up with Dutch compatriot van Dijk at Anfield and look to learn from the best.
Yet he could opt to follow the same path a young van Dijk did by joining Celtic, the move the Liverpool ace made from Groningen as a 20-year-old prospect back in 2013.
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The imposing centre-back is certainly attracting a plethora of interest and will be hoping to impress as he trains with Maurizio Sarri's side.
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