Liverpool are leading Arsenal in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper this summer after Brendan Rodgers identified the Camp Nou starlet as an ideal acquisition to strengthen his Anfield squad next season.
The Daily Mirror cites a report from the Spanish press which suggests the Reds are in pole position to secure the 20-year-old's signature, ahead of Arsene Wenger who has also been mooted as an admirer of the young Spaniard.
Samper has made four first-team appearances for Luis Enrique's side this season, but given the strong competition for places in midfield might be forced to quit the Catalan giants in order to secure regular first-team football.
The forthcoming departure of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to open up a position in the heart of the Reds' midfield and Samper's prospective switch to Merseyside could see him claim that role as his own.
At Arsenal he would almost certainly find it harder to break into Wenger's starting XI given the wealth of talent already on the books at the Emirates Stadium, so perhaps that's why Samper would be better off heading to Anfield.
Likened in playing style to Italy and Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo, the talented youngster has been tipped for a bright future in the game, but he'll probably take some time to adjust to the rigours of Premier League football and so must be given chance to settle in a new country and culture.
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