Liverpool plot shock €8m Madrid raid

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Liverpool are reportedly ready to reignite their interest in Spanish youngster Sergio Canales.

The 19-year-old joined Real Madrid last summer – spurning the chance to move to Merseyside, according to – but has struggled to make an impact on Jose Mourinho’s side.

Spanish publication, Onda Cero, has since claimed that Real were willing to let the attacking midfielder leave the Bernabeu and, now, reports that Liverpool have registered their interest.

Despite his lack of first team action – and the reported interest from Liverpool – Canales is more than happy to remain in Madrid and fight for his place, commenting that he continues to enjoy the experience with Los Blancos.

"It's complicated when you don't play all the time, but this is Real Madrid," he said.

"I am very happy with how the fans greeted me. The crowd seemed to feel much affection for me, which is important to me.


"I want to continue working hard and trying to participate more. I am very grateful to the fans and also very happy. It makes things much easier. I enjoy playing for Real Madrid immensely."

Should Liverpool opt to make a summer move for the €8 million-rated teenager, then it would serve as evidence of owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV) fulfilling their pledge to bring the cream of young talent to Anfield.

Liverpool director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, has been tasked with identifying potential summer investments and – along with Canales – has reportedly earmarked a number of other La Liga players as future Anfield stars.

Valencia striker Paco Alcacer, 17, is understood to be on the Liverpool radar, as is 20-year-old Villarreal sensation Mateo Musacchio and the Reds are likely to make their move in the summer.

Further investment youth development remains a priority for NESV as they strive to bring the next Liverpool heroes through the Academy ranks.

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