The clause that means Liverpool should sign La Liga whizkid Zalazar now

Liverpool have been linked with Malaga’s Jose Luis Zalazar.

The Daily Mail ran a report yesterday claiming that Liverpool were tracking the 16-year-old striker, also known as Kuki.

A left-footed striker, he can play all across the front three, and Liverpool are said to have been tracking him for over a year. He is a Spanish youth international - with four goals in five games at Under-17 level - but he has yet to appear for Malaga’s senior side.

His current contract runs for another two years past the end of this season, with potential for an extra two years in there, and the Mail report claims that he should be available for a £4.4 million fee - the release clause in his contract.

However, there is another clause in his deal with the La Liga side that should see the Reds opening negotiations with Kuki now if they intend to sign him.

As per Marca, the youngster’s release clause will double should he make his first-team debut for Malaga, increasing to €12 million - roughly £8.8 million.

The small increase in fee is nothing to a Premier League club, but for a 16-year-old, £8.8m is astronomical. There is no judging the chance of him reaching his potential, and the Reds - who run a fairly strict transfer policy - would be loathed to pay over the odds for a young talent, admittedly with potential.

If the Merseyside club have real aspirations to sign Kuki, they should really make a move for him in the coming weeks, and agree a transfer before Malaga throw him into first-team action to activate the new clause.

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