According to reports from The Telegraph, there are a host of clubs interested in making an approach for Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat – but reports from the ECHO reveal Liverpool are not one of them.
Calafat has overseen a dramatic transformation in Los Blancos’ recruitment policy, with the 13-time European Cup winners beginning to open the door for exciting youngsters to the Bernabeu.
Reports claim that Calafat played a significant role in orchestrating deals for the likes of Fede Valverde, Martin Odegaard, Eder Militao, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior to the La Liga giants.
Calafat has become such a popular figure amongst the club that Spanish press have even dubbed the recruitment as the ‘Calafat Academy’ with Real looking to alternate their approach in the transfer market by identifying hidden gems in uncharted territory rather than splurge outrageous sums of cash on ready-made stars such as Eden Hazard who was signed from Chelsea last summer.
Liverpool were originally deemed one of the English heavyweights touted with an approach for the chief scout with Everton and Chelsea also weighing up making a move for Calafat.
However, Liverpool will not pursue the in-demand scout with the club more than satisfied with the world-class recruitment team already in place at Anfield, headed up by sporting director Michael Edwards, which has restored the Reds back on their perch.
What RTK has to say
Reports from the ECHO confirm that the club were keen to stress there is no element of truth in stories circulating from the press earlier today that Liverpool were considering an attempt to poach Calafat from the European Cup record-holders.
FSG and Edward’s transfer policies have been the key in Liverpool climbing back to the top. Attracting elite players has taken time and in order to develop the blueprints for success, the club had to meticulously develop a scouting system that would instead identify the next crop of world-class players.
The club have consistently made small steps in their pursuit of European domination. With Liverpool’s current stock higher than it has ever been, they will continue with their work that has restored a golden age for the Reds. Klopp and the club are determined to stick to the principles that put them back on their perch.