Liverpool and Arsenal starlet target told to sign new deal ... or be sold

Zakaria Bakkali

It is reported in Holland that PSV Eindhoven are coming down hard on Belgian winger Zakaria Bakkali.

Last month Liverpool were being linked with the signature of PSV Eindhoven winger Zakaria Bakkali. The talented Belgian winger sprang to international attention when he banged in a hat-trick in just his second appearance for the club - and his explosive wing play has got other teams watching on with envious eyes.

It is not however just Brendan Rodgers who seems to have taken a liking to the player. It was reported recently that Arsenal were also keen - a PSV Eindhoven source telling British media:

"Bakkali is a player that Wenger rates highly. Arsenal have kept an eye on him and are aware that other teams want him, so could move in the summer to buy him."

But it is not just English sides taking notice - as Real Madrid are leading the Spanish charge for his signature - however they want to put him in their Castilla, or ‘B’, team.

Meanwhile Belgian outfits Standard Liege and Anderlecht are planning an ambitious move to bring him back home.

As far as PSV are concerned he is not for sale - with chief executive Marcel Brands stating the players aunt had confirmed her nephew didn’t plan on leaving the club:

"Aunt Hakima has indicated they are only focused on PSV and I have no indication that something else is playing out."

But news from Holland is now suggesting something else entirely.

Bakkali is out of contract in the summer of 2015 and PSV are not willing to lose him for nothing - and that has reportedly led to an ultimatum.

It is reported in local paper Eindhoven Dagblad that should the teenager refuse a contract renewal in the summer he will be sold to the highest bidder.

It could be music to the ears of Arsenal and Liverpool - accept they may not be so keen on taking him yet.

Another season of assessment and scouting reports would have been their ideal situation, while the Belgian teams interested are more likely to strike now and snap him up.

Either way, it seems he could be available in a couple of months - but is he worth the gamble?

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