Agent of Liverpool and Arsenal target confirms English interest and showdown talks

Zakaria Bakkali

PSV Eindhoven winger Zakaria Bakkali's agent has hinted a move away from the Netherlands could be a strong possibility.

According to the Express, Bakkali’s agent, Didier Frenay, has confirmed that he is due to sit down with PSV in the near future and stated that a transfer to England or Italy was a possibility.

"We need to look at whether we can leave the past behind us,’ Frenay told HLN. "After a few weeks of preparation, we are ready to sit down with the leadership of PSV and discuss Zakaria’s future.

‘He does not want to go through another season like last season. If he’s not going to play in the first team more then there is no reason to talk. What happens if the conclusion is that it is better if we go our separate ways? Then so be it.

"There is a lot of interest in him. From the rest of the world – from Italy to the UK. From Belgium too? Yes, but first we want to quietly talk to PSV. If nothing comes of that, then a transfer is the solution."

The defiant comments from the player’s agent does certainly suggest a move away from Eindhoven is a strong possibility in the near future; however, it has to be said, the young Belgium star is likely to have a trickier time at Arsenal, if he is to move there.

As an attacking wide player, the 18-year-old is arguably one of the most promising in the world, but the Gunners already have a huge array of similar options to Bakalli already at the club.

A move to Arsenal in order to get first-team football would be a huge mistake for the pint-sized winger; however, a move to the Emirates would offer him a chance to grow and develop under some of the best coaches in the game.

He is certainly talented enough to play at the very top level for a number of years, so I believe, at this stage in his career, it would be advisable for the player to put more focus on player coaching rather than first-team chances.

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