16 goals and 2 assists in 7 matches - The German teenager who could be next summer's best free transfer

Federico Palacios could be grabbing the attention of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United at the end of the season.

The 18-year-old has already played for Germany at four different levels of international football and if he continues his current form, it won’t be too long before he’s getting a real chance in the Under-21 side.

Palacios is part of the Wolfsburg Under-19 side which currently leads the Under-19 Bundesliga table with a perfect record of seven wins from seven matches.

His record this season is outstanding; 16 goals and two assists from seven matches, which includes five goals in a single game as Wolfsburg boast one of the best development squads in Germany.

What’s even more interesting than those superb stats is the fact that his contract is due to expire next summer, which means he could be up for grabs for nothing.

Wolfsburg will surely look at the option of extending his contract and possibly moving him into the setup of the senior side because you don’t produce that sort of stunning strike rate if you’re a bad player and have no potential.

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It’s difficult to gauge which sides would be interested in him because no side is giving anything away if they are sending scouts to watch him play.

It’s likely that representatives from the top sides in Germany are keeping an eye on him, including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, with both German giants having a very good recent record of nurturing young players in their first teams.

In terms of potential Premier League interest, there are several teams who could be interested in a player of his calibre, possibly having already sent scouts to keep a close eye on him.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester United, the list goes on in terms of the Premier League teams with good records of using younger players in their first teams and sides with good youth setups.

That’s not even taking into account clubs from other top European leagues; Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands among others which could be very realistic destinations.

However, he’s still a very young man, which could make a move away from Germany unappealing although there is very good German representation in the Premier League at many of the top teams.

It will be fascinating to see if he can keep his record up and whether he stays in Germany or moves on.

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