Liverpool and Real Madrid could be about to go head-to-head for a midfielder in the transfer market yet again.
That’s according to The Daily Mail, who report that both clubs are tracking Las Palmas youngster Alberto Moleiro.
This reportedly isn’t a straight shootout, though. That’s because Premier League duo Arsenal and Aston Villa are also claimed to be keeping tabs on Moleiro.
The 19-year-old has a contract with Las Palmas running until 2026. However, it’s said to be ‘widely accepted’ that he won’t see this out in Gran Canaria. The race continues.
Moleiro the ‘magic’ man in demand
This isn’t the first time Moleiro has been reported as being on Liverpool’s radar. Back in November, there was a spate of claims that the Reds were keeping a close eye on his progress.
Back then, it was suggested that the 19-year-old has a release clause of £26m that’s in effect as long as Las Palmas stay in the Spanish second division. Should they go up, that clause will reportedly double.
Las Palmas are currently sitting pretty at the top of La Liga 2. As a result, any club wanting to sign Moleiro on the cheap may have to move during this month’s window to avoid a price hike.
At the moment, that would seem unlikely to be Liverpool. Although they desperately need new midfielders, they don’t necessarily need one in Moleiro’s profile.
The teenager is a small, creative player, a little like both Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho. He has been described as being ‘magic’ by current manager Garcia Pimienta [AS] and looks set to be a star.
Obviously, it’s always good to have those kinds of players at the club. But right now, Liverpool need someone with more of a physical presence in the midfield.
Moleiro is obviously one for the future and should be treated as such. It’s all very well planning for the team five years down the line, but Liverpool need midfielders who can instantly improve them.
One day, Moleiro could be that player. For now though, maybe this is one we’re happy for Real Madrid to win.