Arsenal & Liverpool nearing move for bad-boy Zakaria Bakkali

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Both Arsenal and Liverpool may have a decision to make soon with the bitter-sweet news that Zakaria Bakkali is set to leave Dutch club PSV, according to the Daily Express.

The Premier League duo - who will play Champions League football next term - have been linked with the highly-rated 18-year-old talent.

Now he looks to be available to transfer, but only because the Eredivisie club are desperate to get rid of the ill-disciplined winger.

Having refused to sign a contract extension with the club he joined as a 14-year-old after demanding more money, Bakkali was then substituted after 15 minutes in a Friendly game with South Korean side Gyeongnam after repeatedly ignoring interim-manger Ernest Faber's instructions to muck-in defensively.

This is thought to be the last straw for PSV, as they are prepared to let the small winger leave despite his talent.

Bakkali made his debut in 2013 and has gone on to score three league goals in 16 outings, he also earned his Belgium debut last year but didn't make their World Cup squad for this summer's tournament in Brazil.

Arsenal have long been linked for the unruly star and manager Arsene Wenger may try and tame the youngster, just like he did in a similar situation with Robin van Persie who was classed as disruptive at Feyenoord.

Brendan Rodgers' may also feel prepared to help nurture the winger who only has a year left on his contract. The necessity for a quality squad for the Reds' return to Champions League football may just sway Rodgers into taking the risk.



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