Liverpool close to deal for ‘next Ibrahimovic’

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Liverpool are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Swedish starlet Valmir Berisha after the young striker rejected trials from both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Berisha finished top scorer in the Under-17s World Cup last month and has attracted attention from a host of high-profile clubs including Spurs, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

Despite being a Madrid supporter, Berisha is quoted as saying he would prefer a move to England over La Liga:

“The most important is the football education, I believe England would be the best option,” he said. “I have rejected clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United, who have invited me for trials.

“There is Real Madrid now, the club of my dreams - I am keen to go there, but I think I will turn it down, unfortunately.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to be very keen on the youngster, and has offered him a route into the first team squad if he makes the move to Anfield. Rodgers and Liverpool are currently in talks with Berisha’s club Halmstads in the hope he will be their player come January.

Berisha’s physical ability and strong finishing has drawn comparisons to his fellow countryman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and his hat-trick against Argentina in the Under-17 World Cup third place play-off has made him one of Europe’s most sought-after young talents.

The signing of Berisha would be a good move for Liverpool, with as many as six top European clubs after the youngster's signature. Liverpool are thought to be keen to bolster their attacking options with Luis Suarez attracting interest from Real Madrid and Arsenal, while on-loan Fabio Borini and Iago Aspas are currently not at the sufficient level.

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