Spanish news outlet Marca have provided an update regarding the future of Sao Paulo youngster Gustavo Maia who has been touted to have caught the attention of world champions, Liverpool.

The 19-year-old wonderkid is still yet to feature for the Brazilian giants in the senior XI yet the talented teenager has already attracted a number of suitors.

Barcelona are the latest European heavyweight ready to line up for Maia and are set to emerge as the primary destination for the Brazilian with the La Liga champions putting down a £900,000 initial bid to secure his services.

There is still hope for Liverpool as Barcelona will have to fork out another £3.2 million before the end of July to secure the youngster’s services.

A number of European scouts have been watching and observing Maia’s performances at youth team level and he has received positive feedback from some of the continent’s biggest clubs.

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One for the future

Jurgen Klopp recently signed a contract extension to 2024 which would imply that the German is intending to oversee the next transitional phase of his Liverpool squad.

 

Having already added the likes of Harvey Elliott and Takumi Minamino is recent transfer windows, Klopp has showcased that he is looking for the next generational talent that can have a similar effect as his current world champions.

Liverpool would relish adding Maia to their ranks following the club’s success with youngsters in recent years.

Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Elliott have all made the jump to the first team while it was only a couple of season’s ago that Trent Alexander-Arnold was introduced on the scene before establishing himself as one of the best right-backs in world football.

Although Barcelona look to have taken the first big step in luring Maia to Spain, it will be interesting to see how Liverpool respond to an initial setback.

This saga isn’t over.

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