According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool have emerged as a potential destination for Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali as Jurgen Klopp looks to build for the future.
Tonali, 19, has had a hugely impressive campaign in Serie A this season despite his club side being routed in the relegation places.
The teenager – who picked up three caps for his national team Italy last year – is thriving in the Italian top-tier after helping guide Brescia to promotion from Serie B last season.
According to reports from Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool – alongside Juventus and AC Milan – have been mentioned in luring the youngster who has been likened to World Cup-winner Andrea Pirlo – who also began his career at Brescia.
Brescia owner Massimo Cellino, formerly of Leeds United, is said to demand a fee of at least €50million (£42.7million) for their most prized asset following interest from some of Europe’s biggest hitters.
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Liverpool’s recruitment system has seen some of the shrewdest pieces of business over the last few years and much of this is due to the club’s talent system that identifies players in the early stages of their development.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were both secured for small change with the club avoiding the temptation of shopping in the elite range of the market and instead focussing their targets on players who can potentially make that next step into ready-made match winners.
Just look at Liverpool’s signings in the 2019 summer window. Teenagers Harvey Elliott, 16, and Sepp van den Berg, 18, were both secured with thoughts to the future and Tonali also falls in that bracket.
The European champions have showcased on numerous occasions that if you are good enough then you are old enough. The development of players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold could be the driving force that attracts further young talent to Anfield.