Report: Liverpool target with the 'world at his feet' could move for just £400k, Reds must move fast
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Report: Liverpool target with the 'world at his feet' could move for just £400k, Reds must move fast

A clause in English football will seriously alter any race for Carney Chukwuemeka. Liverpool must move fast.

This comes from the Telegraph. They point out that Carney Chukwuemeka is out of contract next summer and that foreign clubs could sign him for just £400k in compensation.

This is a player that Aston Villa currently value at £20m, per the Daily Mail. There’s a reason for the difference in fee, too – English clubs won’t get the former opportunity.

Because Chukwuemeka is a Villa product, fellow English clubs must pay a significant compensation package to get him. If that can’t be negotiated between clubs, it’ll go to a tribunal. Liverpool have dealt with this before, most notably with Harvey Elliott.

Clubs outside of England, however, can pay that £400k in compensation to sign a fantastic young talent. And that’s why Liverpool, if they truly want Chukwuemeka, must act fast.

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The Guardian are one of the outlets that wrote last season that Liverpool want Chukwuemeka. The Reds are hardly alone in that – he’s one of the brightest English prospects.

Ollie Watkins, a teammate of Chukwuemeka’s, believes he’s an ‘unbelievable’ talent ‘with the world at his feet’. It’s high praise for a youngster only just breaking in.

But if Liverpool still have eyes on the player, they’d need to strike a deal this summer before major European clubs create a massive competition. Chukwuemeka could conceivably have every major club around looking to sign him on the cheap.

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The team that can convince Villa to sell now, then, has a major advantage in any race. While £20m seems far too high, we imagine they can be talked down from that position – especially if they stand to get just £400k in 2023.

But it all depends on just how highly Liverpool rate Chukwuemeka. If they seem him as a Fabio Carvalho-type player who can slot into the first-team setup right away, perhaps they’d pay over £10m to get him now.

If not, it’s probably best to wait and try convincing the player in amongst the competition next year.

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