Final development in Liverpool pursuit of Serie A wonderkid - report
By Matt Farr
Liverpool have failed in their attempts to sign Inter Milan wonderkid Andrea Pinamonti this month, according to a report.
Jurgen Klopp had been looking to bring the 17-year-old hotshot to Anfield as a potential future star, but the Mirror understands that he is expected to remain in Italy.
Pinamonti has been in prolific form for Inter Milan’s development side, netting 16 goals in 19 games, while he made his first-team debut earlier this season in a Europa League tie against Sparta Prague.
His playing-style has drawn comparison to that of former Liverpool goalscorer Fernando Torres, particularly in his movement, while his penalty-taking ability has been likened to that of Barcelona and Brazil icon Neymar.
Though he has had few first-team opportunities under Stefano Pioli this term, Pinamonti remains very much a future asset, and cannot expect to compete in what is already a fairly crowded senior squad at San Siro.
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Mauro Icardi, Rodrigo Palacio, Eder and Gabriel Barbosa are all ahead of Pinamonti in the pecking-order, but Pioli remains keen to integrate the youngster into the setup in the near future – which is bad news for Liverpool.
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham are likely to be more disheartened at missing out on Pinamonti than Liverpool perhaps might be. Jurgen Klopp has quite a few attacking options at his disposal already, while Tottenham have very little in terms of back-up to premier goalscorer Harry Kane. The Inter Milan youngster could become a huge hit on the European stage in the future, but the Premier League is probably not the best move for him at this time. He needs to continue to develop in a first-team environment before he is likely to stand any such chance of succeeding in England’s top-flight, and it seems unlikely that Liverpool would have been able to offer him that at this point. They may have chosen to send him straight back out on loan, and if that would have been the case, then missing out on him now makes little difference.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the odds have been slashed as West Ham emerge as the favourites to land this Premier League ace.