Manchester United and Liverpool are both in talks to sign Paraguayan starlet Sergio Diaz, who has been dubbed the ‘next Aguero’ for his prolific record at youth level.
After missing out on the chance to land world-renowned starlet Martin Odegaard, who this week agreed to join Spanish giants Real Madrid, it appears the two Premier League clubs have turned to an alternative youngster, one who promises to be every bit as exciting in the future, according to the Daily Star.
Interest in Diaz
It’s said that the interest in Diaz stems from the fact that he has routinely produced impressive displays for Cerro Porteno in the Paraguayan Primera Division, aged just 16. Having made his first-team debut at 15 - in a season that saw him finish with eight goals - he’s tipped for big things, and both United and Liverpool are now trying to negotiate a switch before any of Europe’s other giants can join the hunt.
A particularly eye-catching stat, and one that appears to have earned him his big breakthrough at Porteno, sees him having bagged over 30 goals in a single campaign for the U15 side.
According to reports he’s already got a price-tag on his head of £6 million, though that will matter very little to his English suitors if they feel he can develop into a top player for the future.
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Liverpool or United?
At Liverpool his route to the Anfield starting XI would probably be more simple, with hot-shot Raheem Sterling having shown that it can be done under Brendan Rodgers. The Reds are sitting in a period of transition with club legend Steven Gerrard set to leave the club in the summer, and with a number of attacking players failing to impress there could be scope for a bright young talent to make a name for himself.
Having said that United boss Louis van Gaal has a reputation for placing faith in players coming through the rank, and the likes of Thomas Muller and Xavi Hernandez can to some degree thank the Dutchman for giving them opportunities at the start of their respective careers.
Fan favourite Adnan Januzaj may have stalled in his progress this term, but a host of others - see Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and James Wilson - have prospered under the 63-year-old’s tutelage.