Liverpool and Chelsea target reportedly frozen out at current club as move edges closer

PSV Eindhoven

Zakaria Bakkali is set to leave PSV Eindhoven this summer, having reportedly been frozen out of the playing squad, with Arsenal and Manchester United also said to be interested.

The 18-year old Belgian winger shot to prominence in 2013, becoming the youngest player to ever score an Eredivise hat-trick when he netted three times against NEC Nijmegen.

The young winger reportedly caught the eye of a number of Europe’s largest clubs, with Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all said to have an interest in the once-capped international.

Talks of a new contract with the Dutch giants were said to be progressing well during the transfer window, although it was reported in recent weeks that no deal could be struck. The youngster was said to be dithering on signing a new deal while rumours of a move circulated, and, although he remained with PSV come the close of the transfer window talks collapsed with the club he has been with since 2008.

And, with the player reportedly forcing a move away from Eindhoven, PSV technical manager Marcel Brands has reportedly opted not to select Bakkali this season.

Reported by Belgium media outlet HLN.be, Bakkali will allegedly not be making an appearance this season - except in the case of massive selection problems - and PSV will be looking to cash in on the winger in January - with his contract up in 2015.

The European elite may well be glad to hear of this turn of events, with Bakkali a highly sought after prospect. While he could now lose six months of playing time - potentially stalling his development - any club that secure his signature for a cut-price fee in January will be delighted at their transfer business.

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