Liverpool want Belgium youth international Aster Vranckx from KV Mechelen, according to reports. They’ll have to battle for the player, however.
The Mirror claim that the Reds want Vranckx and have scouted him at least three times. They’re not the only ones to have done that, though – Manchester City joined them on those scouting missions.
Vranckx is a very highly-rated 17-year-old midfielder who plays for KV Mechelen. He broke into their first-team this season, impressing enough that England’s top two may make a move this summer.
And one of them will apparently get him, too. The Mirror article says that Mechelen will ‘almost certainly’ have to sell Vranckx and it could be for as little as £1.5m.
Vranckx has already played nine Jupiler League games for Mechelen, scoring once and assisting another two. He notched one of each against Anderlecht this season – a game that the Mirror says both Liverpool and City watched.
What RTK has to say
This one makes complete sense, in all honesty. Liverpool are building a wonderful next-generation to take over from the current first-team and Vranckx could play a key role in that.
We wrote about the potential for Eduardo Camavinga at Liverpool, for instance. We believed the Frenchman could be the last piece of the jigsaw in a young XI. A powerful centre-midfielder is all it really lacks, after all, with real prospects in every other area.
But with Camavinga looking unobtainable, Vranckx seems absolutely ideal. He’s the right age, available at a great price, and there’s that midfield role waiting for him.
His potential would only rise if he’s developing alongside the likes of Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones. The youngsters can push each other on and guarantee a cohesive young team when they graduate to first-team level.
We hope to see this one happen, then. It just ticks every box.