Joe Gomez rejects Manchester United for Liverpool

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Liverpool may have just won a significant battle in the transfer window after scooping up Charlton Athletic prodigy Joe Gomez, according to talkSPORT.

The 18-year-old is set to make the move to Anfield after Brendan Rodgers triggered a £3.5m release clause on his contract.

It is also reported that the central-defender has rejected both Arsenal and Manchester United to agree a deal with Liverpool and will arrive on Merseyside tomorrow to undergo routine medical checks.

Gomez, 18, is currently one on the most exciting English talents outside of the Premier League after breaking through to the first-team and The Valley last season.

Liverpool are yet to negotiate the finite details with Charlton with regards to a future sell-on fee, but these are expected to be ironed out in the near future.

The England Under-19 international will become the third player to arrive at Liverpool this summer after Danny Ings and James Milner arrived from Burnley and Manchester City respectively.

Rather impressively, all three deals are likely to cost Liverpool under £10m with a tribunal still to decide a fee for the transfer of Ings.

Rivals beaten

It could turn out to be a huge blow for Manchester United, who had showed a strong interest in signing Gomez before he agreed a deal with the Premier League rivals.

Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward are cutting out a plan to sign the best homegrown talent in a bid to recreate Manchester United's famous British core.

The Dutchman granted game time to Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair last season in a bid to boost the number of youth products in the squad. Both impressed, but their time next season may be limited if a new centre-back arrives at Old Trafford.

Arsenal, too, have been busy snapping up some young talent in previous years having signed Carl Jenkinson from the Addicks back in 2011.

They have also invested a combined £31m in Southampton youth products Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers, who are both enjoying spells in the first-team.

But it is Liverpool, who themselves now host a number of England internationals like Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge have won the battle for one of the country's best young talents.

Gomez is also believed to have turned down a first-team role with the newly promoted Premier League side AFC Bournemouth.

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