By Matt Farr
Liverpool have submitted a bid for Santos striker Rodrygo, according to a report.
Brazilian news outlet Globo Esporte claim that the 16-year-old has been identified by Liverpool as a future star, and have already tabled a bid.
However, Rodrygo is believed to be keen to establish himself in Brazil before making the switch to Europe, and may sign a new deal with the club with a substantial release clause to deter the interest from Liverpool.
The Brazilian Serie A side have reportedly scheduled a meeting with the youngster later this week in an attempt to come to an agreement over a new deal.
Current Santos chief Dorival Junior has been impressed with his recent performances for the youth team and is expected to hand him a call-up to the first-team in the near future.
Junior rates the Brazil U17 international very highly, and has no intention of selling him; but that is not likely to deter Liverpool.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted at making a number of changes to his first-team squad this summer, but the reported interest in Rodrygo suggests that the German boss will have one eye on bagging experienced talent and another on the next generation.
Football Insider verdict
Rodrygo has had next to no first-team experience during his career so far, so there will no doubt be questions raised over Liverpool’s urgency to push through a deal. He is likely a minimum of two to three years away from becoming a first-team player in the Premier League, and if Liverpool do come to an agreement, it would be best if he were to remain in Brazil on loan to continue his development. The Reds already have a number of Brazilian players in their ranks, which could help Rodrygo settle, but despite his rapid rise to fame in Santos’ youth ranks, he would stand little chance of an immediate breakthrough into Klopp’s first-team squad. Plus, there are other areas of greater concern for Klopp in the summer transfer market, and he should be focused on acquiring already proven talent rather than the next generation, at least for the time being.
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