£8.4m goalscoring sensation 'tops Liverpool summer shopping list'

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Liverpool are reportedly chasing Valencia starlet Paco Alcacer.

According to Spanish publication Superdeporte, the Merseyside outfit have sent scouts to monitor the 17-year-old forward and remain hopeful of striking a deal in the summer. reports that the Spaniard 'tops Liverpool's summer shopping list' and that the club are relying on the influence of Academy coach Rodolfo Borrell to lure Alcacer to Anfield.

Alcacer alerted a number of top European clubs to his talents after netting 15 times in 13 games for Spain under 17s, and has continued his rise to prominence by making his first team debut for Valencia earlier this season.

Liverpool will reportedly have to pay £8.4 million to trigger the release clause written into the contract of the teenager and are likely to be in touch with Valencia when the transfer window reopens in June.

With plenty of room to improve and develop, Alcacer would fit with the ethos of Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV) in their quest to bring the cream of young European talent to Merseyside.


NESV have identified the development of young players at their Academy as a priority - tasking Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli with identifying precocious stars.

Comolli is renowned for having an eye for talent in its infancy - something which Liverpool Academy director Frank McParland paid testament to.

"His [Comolli's] philosophy is to bring through young talent and he's since told me that we will be seeing a lot of him here at the Academy," he told the official Liverpool website.

"That can only be good news for us. He has a strong interest in young, elite players and we are already in the process of looking to sign some very talented teenagers.

"He has a great network in Europe and when you combine that with what we already have in place here, it promises to be very exciting times for us."

Liverpool have also been linked with moves for Ipswich wonderkid Connor Wickham and Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they look to build a squad to challenge for honours in the future.

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