Liverpool have been joined by Ajax in their reported pursuit of Richairo Zivkovic after the Dutch champions’ director of football Marc Overmars went public with the club’s interest in the teenaged winger.
Zivkovic is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the Eredivisie having become Groningen’s youngest ever first-team player when he made his debut in 2012, while his performances have led to comparisons with compatriot Arjen Robben.
Robben began his career with Groningen before being sold to PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2002, before his high-profile transfer to Chelsea two years later. It could be that Zivkovic now follows a similar path.
The 17-year-old has scored five goals in 20 appearances for Groningen this season, leading to speculation he is wanted by some of the continent’s most prominent clubs, with Liverpool having been credited with interest in the player.
Brendan Rodgers will, however, face competition if he is serious about bringing Zivkovic to Anfield in the near future with Overmars confirming Ajax are considering the player as a possible summer acquisition.
"Zivkovic? He is an interesting player that we are following," Overmars told Voetbal International.
"Thinking about possible reinforcements for next season, our preference is for Dutch players."