Sergi Canos is one of the most talented attacking players to come out of Barcelona in recent years and he seems like the next teen prodigy to be tempted away from the Spanish giants by the prospect of greater riches in England.
Several sources from the Catalan press have suggested that Canos’ representatives are already in Liverpool to sort out a deal which would see the 16-year-old forward move to the club’s youth system this summer.
There has been heavy interest from him from a range of Premier League clubs with Chelsea and Arsenal also having been linked with him during earlier parts of the season.
If this isn’t complete fabrication on the part of the Catalan press then Liverpool have two things going for them.
Firstly, they have a very good youth system and a competitive development squad which has produced the likes of first team players such as Raheem Sterling and Suso over the last season.
It has also give the chance for players like Jordon Ibe, who have been bought from other clubs, to come in and play football immediately to a very high level which is important for their development.
The second factor going in Liverpool’s favour is Brendan Rodgers, a manager who seems to know how to handle this sort of young player.
Rodgers had no choice but to use teenagers in his team earlier in the season, when Liverpool started the season inconsistently and started picking up injuries.
It’s unlikely that Canos would go anywhere near Liverpool if he didn’t believe that if he played well in the youth teams, there would be no chance of him graduating to a first team position.
He could turn out to be a great player for the first team if his development is matured in the right way by the Anfield club.
He’s one of the quickest young forwards that Barcelona have produced and pace is everything at all levels of football. He’s also a very versatile player and can play attacking midfield roles as well as down the wing on the right hand side of the team.
He’ll also be hungry because it can be very frustrating not getting chances as a youth team player at Barcelona. That entrenched determination will help him to succeed at a club where there are plenty of youngster competing for first team positions.
There are also issues over communication and moving away from his family and home, but those are common factors in modern day deals for lots of players which can be overcome as Liverpool have plenty of Spanish speaking players.
Any chance of this going through?
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