Liverpool join chase for 'new Torres'

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Liverpool are one of the clubs thought to be interested in Spanish teenager Juanmi Jiménez.

The Malaga CF striker has shot to prominence in La Liga after breaking the club's youngest ever player record. With a brace to his name already this season, Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson isn't the only manager keeping a keen eye on the player.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are also thought to be tracking the player, whose Spanish Under 17 form has led to comparisons to Liverpool's Spanish star Fernando Torres.

Jimenez made his debut in January 2010 after working his way through the junior ranks and B team at La Rosaleda. Appearing in five games as the side fought against relegation last term, the teenager has forced his way into more regular contention at the start of the current campaign.

The Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea are keeping an especially close eye on Juanmi, while Liverpool are also thought to be interested in bringing the player to Anfield due to the his reported €10 million release fee.

Despite recently signing a new five-year contract with the Boquerones, clubs from Spain and abroad are still confident they can offer the youngster a worthwhile deal elsewhere.

The Merseyside outfit would look to use their Spanish connections at the club to impress Jimenez, and persuade him that Liverpool would be the best option outside of his homeland.

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