It is no secret that Liverpool are looking to strengthen their midfield in 2023, but the identity of one of their latest targets might come as a surprise.
Liverpool will need to evolve their midfield in the New Year for a number of reasons. Several of their main options there are approaching the latter years of their careers, such as James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara. And Fabinho, although only 29, also seems to be losing some sharpness.
What’s more, they have a few midfielders whose contracts will expire in 2023. As well as Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could become free agents in the summer. Meanwhile, Arthur Melo will probably return to Juventus after his loan spell.
Therefore, there could be a revamp in the middle of their formation. They will be eyeing some top targets, like Borussia Dortmund superstar Jude Bellingham.
It appears Liverpool are not just looking at already established talents, though. According to AS, they are in contention for the signing of a teenager plying his trade in the Spanish second tier.
The player in question is Alberto Moleiro, who currently represents Las Palmas. He has made 51 appearances for their first team already – with three goals and four assists – and has inherited their number 10 shirt.
Just 19 years old, Moleiro is starting to attract the interest of big clubs across Europe. The report from AS has named Real Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool as his four biggest admirers.
In terms of the Premier League club’s interest, Jurgen Klopp is said to be a fan of the Spain under-21 international.
Liverpool have compiled “very good reports” about Moleiro, so could make a move for him.
To do so, they might have to meet his €30million release clause, which would equate to just over £26million.
And if Las Palmas win promotion to La Liga, his release clause will automatically double to €60million. That would be a fee slightly above £52million.
Release clause hike could prompt January interest in Alberto Moleiro
Obviously, that would be a humongous fee for a player who is still yet to prove himself at a higher level. Could it perhaps prompt his suitors to strike while his value is more reasonable in January?
Las Palmas are currently third in the Segunda Division after 14 games. Hence, they will fancy their chances of keeping pace in the promotion race.
In turn, Moleiro’s market value could be on the up. He will hope to keep making positive contributions for them after recording three assists from 13 appearances so far this season.
Of course, Moleiro would be one for the future and might not make an immediate impact at any of the clubs who are after him.
But they are all keeping track of potential stars of tomorrow. Liverpool, for example, have already brought the likes of Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho to the club in recent years to give them a platform to reach their potential.
If they decide the price is right, perhaps Moleiro could be next in line. But the competition is strong, especially with his home country’s two biggest clubs keeping tabs on him.
In the future, he might be one to keep an eye on.
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