French side Nantes are closing in on the signing of Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella, Football Insider has learned.
The 22-year-old is ready to snub the Merseysiders’ offer of a new deal to head to France to ignite his career.
A French source has told Football Insider that Nantes are hopeful of signing Chirivella after offering him a long-term contract.
There is also interest in his services from clubs in his native Spain as well as Rangers.
But Nantes are in pole position to sign the central midfielder, whose Anfield contract expires at the end of next month.
He is available on a free transfer and could now bring down the curtain on his Liverpool career, which began in 2013, when he joined in his mid-teens from Valencia in a deal worth up to £2million.
The Spaniard has been unable to establish himself in the club’s highly competitive first team.
However, he took advantage of Liverpool’s congested programme earlier in the season to make six cup appearances for the first team.
Chirivella was “incredible” and “unbelievable” by the club’s former Under-23s coach Neil Critchley after starring in those matches.
Five years since his debut the central midfielder has still only accumulated 11 first-team appearances, only one of which has come in the Premier League.
Nantes finished the season in 13th place in Ligue 1 after it was terminated prematurely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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