Chelsea and Liverpool go head-to head for 'new Nesta' defensive addition

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Highly rated Slovenian prospect Luka Kranjc could be on his way to England this summer according to reports in the local media.

Liverpool and Chelsea head a list of potential suitors for the promising central defender whose situation is also being closely monitored by Serie A giants Juventus.

La Republicca is reporting that the 15-year-old NK Maribor academy graduate will likely move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, after it emerged that Chelsea made a formal collaboration agreement with the club before Christmas.

Valued at €150,000, Kranjc is regarded as one of the brightest defensive prospects in Europe and has even been likened in style of play to World Cup winning AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta.


Liverpool are known to be in the market for defensive additions, but it is the left-back position that remains the number one priority for Reds manager Kenny Dalglish to fill.

However, the signing of Kranjc would represent one that is very much for the future as Liverpool owners NESV have outlined a contingency plan to capture the brightest young talent that Europe has to offer.

The appointment of Liverpool Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli signalled their intentions when he was tasked with pinpointing potential stars of the future and asked to lay the foundations ahead of any possible future transfers to Anfield.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is also under instruction from owner Roman Abramovich to identify relevant up and coming talent that will help strengthen the academy, also with a view to 'freshening up' an ageing Chelsea squad.

It’s likely that Kranjc will become the subject of a bidding war this summer and so the player will have to make a decision on a move to either Chelsea or Liverpool, depending on where the rising star and his representatives feel his long-term future will be best suited.

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