Speculation continues to grow that Belgian starlet Dennis Praet will make a move to Liverpool rather than Chelsea, according to reports from TALKsport.
Liverpool entered the race for the wonderkid last week, and although Chelsea had long been connected with Praet, the Stamford Bridge club is looking like falling away to the allure of playing for Dalglish and the history rich club of Liverpool.
While Chelsea can offer the 16-year-old guaranteed Champions League experience, Liverpool have a long term plan to be challenging for trophies in the next 2-3 years, and with big signings Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez taking Liverpool to some of their best form in the past 18 months, Praet reportedly found he was torn between the two clubs based on their form.
But Liverpool are becoming desperate to sign the starlet, with Dalglish looking to invest in younger players and create a team with a long term plan rather than just buying in expensive players and risking large sums of money.
Dalglish’s plan has so far been successful, with Jay Spearing, Martin Kelly, John Flanagan, and Jack Robinson all impressing on the big stage when Dalglish has handed them starts in the first team.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have tended to farm out young players on loan, such as young star Daniel Sturridge who is currently at Bolton, Fabio Borini who is currently at Swansea, and Jack Cork, who has been on loan for the entire five years the 21-year-old has been signed to the Blues.
Praet is reportedly more interested in a club where he will be a part of the side from the beginning, and will be given the chance to develop without being sent to a separate club. Should Liverpool decide he is a top choice, and at £5m he is indeed a bargain with the club rumoured to be receiving a £50 million summer budget, Praet looks to be favouring the road to Anfield.