Liverpool could invest around £6.7m in two Turkish teenagers for their youth team, according to reports. The Reds are building up their new generation.
This comes from Yeni Asir in Turkey. They say that Liverpool want Ravil Tagir and Burak Ince, two very young players breaking through for Altınordu in the Turkish second division.
So young, in fact, that they wouldn’t actually join Liverpool for some time. Tagir, at 17, would have to wait a year before joining Liverpool as he’s too young for a UK work permit.
Ince would have to wait a further year as he’s still only 16.
The two have made their senior breakthrough in Turkey, though, despite their youth. Tagir has been a regular this season, playing 26 of 28 games, according to the Express.
Ince has played 19 games, says the same source, bagging two goals and two assists in those appearances.
As for a fee, the initial report claims Liverpool would be prepared to pay £6.7m for the duo. Altınordu, however, would apparently want 30% of their next sales on top of that.
What RTK has to say
No, the Turkish second division isn’t where you’d usually expect to hear of players Liverpool want but these teenagers do sound impressive.
They’re demonstrating that they can handle senior football despite their age, which makes them highly promising. We saw Liverpool invest in two players who did the same last year, of course.
Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott had both played several senior games, despite being 17 and 16 respectively. That inspired their moves to Liverpool – and so we completely buy that it could do the same with Tagir and Ince.
Last summer showed that the Reds are happy to invest in their youth team. If this report is accurate, we may see a repeat this year, too.