Liverpool reportedly want Ferran Torres but a move for the Spaniard would harm Harvey Elliott.
Whether that means a reduced price this summer or a free transfer in a year remains to be seen. Either way, Torres is apparently a player Liverpool want at the club.
He’s a very talented one, too. Torres is only 20 but still putting in a very productive season, considering it’s his first as a starter. Six goals and six assists over La Liga and the Champions League is nothing to write off, after all.
But while it’s an exciting prospect, a move would definitely hurt Elliott.
Elliott turns 17 next month and would hope to break into the first-team over the next couple of years. In fact, given Mohamed Salah is nearly 28, Elliott would be ideally placed to take over the right-wing spot once the Egyptian slows down.
That plan falls apart if Torres is about, however. The Spaniard is more experienced at senior level and a couple of years older – he’d be in a better position as first-choice.
And given how close they are in age, Elliott could never really plan to take over that spot. Instead, he’d have to hope he can outshine Torres whenever he got an opportunity. That’s no simple task – he may not get enough opportunities.
But then, perhaps that’s just elite-level football. Even a 17-year-old can’t develop without pressure like that, it seems, and if Liverpool want the best possible Salah-replacement, they need to have options. They can’t put all of their eggs in Elliott’s basket.
So while this deal would not be good for Elliott, signing Torres could ensure Liverpool a top talent.