Why Liverpool should rival Dortmund for Spain’s next big talent Mikel Merino

Osasuna star Mikel Merino is making real progress in Spain.

According to a recent report in the Spanish publication AS, Borussia Dortmund have had an offer in the region of £3 million rejected for Osasuna star Mikel Merino.

The report states that Dortmund have identified Merino as an outstanding talent for the future, and that they are keen on striking a deal with the Basque side for one of their most prized assets.

Merino, 19, came though the club’s youth ranks, won the U19 European Championships with Spai,  and can be described as an energetic midfielder with plenty of ability – ideal for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

The Reds aren’t in a position to buy the world’s leading players, therefore their planned return to the top of English - and European football - may have to come about as a result of some savvy work in the transfer market.

Klopp wasn’t only hired for his superb man-management skills and fast-paced football – Liverpool ultimately wanted a boss renowned for creating excellent teams with little money.

The club’s best hope is to plan both short-term and long-term, and a player of Merino’s capabilities is exactly the sort of addition the Anfield side should be looking at making now.

The young Osasuna midfielder has been an ever-present for his team this season, and after his U19 success with Spain he is now a predominant figure in the U21 team.

Dortmund have identified him for a reason, and the Bundesliga side don’t usually get too many wrong when it comes to plucking Europe’s next top talents under the noses of their rivals.

Merino, despite being a typically excellent Spanish player in possession, has an abundance of energy in his locker too and would undoubtedly thrive under Klopp’s leadership on Merseyside.

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