Liverpool seem to be focusing on signings the talents of tomorrow at the minute. Harvey Elliott and Sepp Van Den Berg’s arrivals were indicators of our current policy. According to Portuguese outlet Record (via Sport Witness), Liverpool are chasing 18-year-old Rafael Brito as they seek to continue with their youth focused transfer business.
Brito is the latest ‘next best thing’ to come out of Benfica’s academy.
The Eagles academy has produced some of the world’s finest talents over the years.
Manchester City trio Joao Cancelo, Ederson and Bernardo Silva both spent time with the Portuguese giants’ youth teams, whilst Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix also graduated.
The 18-year-old midfielder has impressed for the Benfica reserves and, according to Record, Liverpool have tried to sign Brito in the past.
The publication have claimed that The Reds are still in pursuit, undeterred by his €45m release clause. However, Record assert that his contract could see his release clause raised after first team appearances.
What RTK has to say
Any youngster out of the Benfica academy is worth looking at.
If the report is to be believed and we have tried to sign him in the past then he must be something special.
With Record claiming that Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in the teenager, we may have some competition for his signature.
At the minute we do have central midfielders ready to step up, Curtis Jones in particular but Elijah Dixon-Bonner has also been putting in some sensational performances – the credibility of the report is questionable.
If we were to pay the teenager’s release clause we would likely see him in the first team sooner rather than later – who pays nearly €50m for a reserve player?