Real Madrid are hot on the tails of Liverpool starlet Peter Chirivella, after their scouts identified him as a player of huge potential.
According to Spanish daily Marca, Los Blancos are now keen to acquire the 17-year-old midfielder, who has captained the Reds’ Under 17 team in the past, and is now playing a role in the reserve setup. Despite not yet being a well-known name on Merseyside he is tipped for a bright future, and Madrid are said to have been impressed with the speed of his development at Anfield.
Signed last year from Valencia, Chirivella has already made serious headway with regards to forcing his way into the club’s long-term plans. It’s said that Brendan Rodgers already has him training with the first-team squad a few times a week, where his compatriots Alberto Moreno, Jose Enrique and Javier Manquillo are helping him to settle in.
The 'next Xabi Alonso'
With Chirivella likened to Xabi Alonso, Madrid are believed to be ready to move for him whilst he remains in the youth ranks, as to take him back to Spain without incurring any real fee. Though rather more known for paying lucrative fees for world-class talents Madrid’s academy is fabled as being one of the best in Europe, and the La Liga giants will be confident of getting the best out of the youngster if they can indeed lure him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Of course Rodgers will likely fight tooth and nail against such an outcome, with Liverpool famous for championing youth development at every turn. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan bear testament to the successful production line in place with the Reds and, with Gerrard slowly edging his way out, the introduction of an exciting young talent could be what’s needed to keep fan morale high.
Chirivella will likely be forced to make a decision soon, with Madrid surely ready to throw plenty of added incentives to get their man. On the one hand a move to the Spanish capital presents the midfielder with the opportunity to realise a dream many footballer’s have from an early age, although the likelihood of him playing first-team football will be severely diminished if he makes said switch.