PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands is open to offers for Belgian wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali after growing impatient with the youngster.
The 18-year-old diminutive winger has attracted a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool following an impressive breakthrough season in the Eredivisie.
Dubbed the ‘next Hazard’ due to his similarities with the Blues’ ace, Bakkali stands at just 5ft 5 inches tall and became the youngest player in Eredivisie history to net a hat trick.
His stock has grown since that day early in the 2013/14 season, and a reported €2 million move to Atletico Madrid in the summer collapsed at the final hurdle due to the player underestimating their offer.
It has been suggested that he’s holding out for a move to the Premier League, and the elite such as Arsenal and Liverpool appear to be his favoured destinations.
His disappointing behaviour at the Dutch club hasn’t gone unnoticed, and sporting director Brands seems fed up as he admitted to being open to offers in the January transfer window.
“It’s obviously a clear possibility [a January exit]. If a club comes for him, we will talk. During the summer, we reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid but he didn’t want to go.” He said, quoted by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.
“He has a good heart. I don’t have anything against him, but I have a responsibility with the club and the other players. He hasn’t treated PSV with respect and that has consequences.”
It remains to be seen what the future holds in store for the exciting youngster but if he tries his hand in the Premier League, then Anfield could be a good option for him.
Brendan Rodgers has invested a lot of time and effort in developing young players at the Reds, and Bakkali only needs to look at the likes of Raheem Sterling to realise how far he can go.