By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have made contact with Premier League rivals Stoke over their attacker Ramadan Sobhi, according to a report.
Former senior Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has written for the Gambling Times saying that the Reds have asked Mark Hughes’ side to be kept informed about the 20-year-old.
The young left-winger only made the move to England last summer in a £5million deal from Egyptian club Al Ahly.
He has impressed in his debut season in the Premier League and it is detailed that Liverpool are not the only Premier League side from the top-six to have made contact.
However, it is also stated that Hughes and his staff have no intentions of letting Sobhi leave this summer.
The 16-time capped Egypt international played in 19 matches in all competitions last season for the Stoke senior team, returning two assists.
He is also contracted to the Midlands side until 2020, meaning that Stoke will not be forced to sell their young star.
Manager Jurgen Klopp could be on the lookout for a new attacker this summer as he attempts to add more strength to the final third of his side in order to try and progress the club from last season’s fourth placed finish.
Football Insider verdict:
Sobhi doesn’t boast the best returns stat wise, but he has immense potential and could certainly grow into one of the Premier League’s best attackers. However, the fee that Stoke would be demanding at this moment in time could prove to be too pricey given the Potters’ strength in negotiations. Therefore, Liverpool may be better off waiting for a year or two before making their move for Sobhi, as the player was unlikely to walk straight into the Reds’ first team anyway and he will develop better at Stoke.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds have had an eight-figure fee rejected for attacker.