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Liverpool & Chelsea warned off 'next Ronaldo' chase

Dalglish and Villas-Boas eye Ocampos. (©GettyImages)
Dalglish and Villas-Boas eye Ocampos. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool and Chelsea have been told to look elsewhere after River Plate insisted that Argentine teenage sensation Lucas Ocampos is not for sale in January reports talkSPORT.

The 17-year-old starlet is widely regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in South America, and has attracted interest from a host of major European clubs.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has been credited with an interest in bringing Ocampos to Anfield, as he looks to strengthen his forward line in January.

Yesterday's announcement that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez faces an eight match ban pending an appeal after being found guilty of racial discrimination against Patrice Evra, means Dalglish is now looking to the transfer market to find cover in attack.

Meanwhile, Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is also monitoring Ocampos' situation as he looks to rejuvenate an ageing Stamford Bridge squad in the New Year.

The youngster has a formidable goalscoring record for his club side and has also been one of the star performers for the Argentina U17 team, with local media in his homeland already dubbing Ocampos the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo'.

However, any hopes either Chelsea or Liverpool may have had of signing the forward look to have been dashed after River Plate vice president Diegoe Turnes said he will do everything in his power to ensure Ocampos stays.

"We have had offers from Italy and England but the kid will not leave the club," he said.

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