Reported Liverpool target Aster Vranckx has everything required to be a success in the Premier League, former Belgium international and KV Mechelen teammate Igor de Camargo has told Het Nieuwsblad.
The Premier League champions are keeping their powder dry this summer, with Jurgen Klopp explaining that big-money deals for Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and co were not going to happen.
But that does not mean there will not be a new signing or two.
Liverpool prioritised young, teenage talent last summer and, after bringing Harvey Elliott and Sepp Van der Berg to Anfield, they could repeat the trick with Vranckx.
The highly-rated midfielder already appears to have vision and class far beyond his tender years, forcing his way into KV Mechelen’s starting XI at just 17.
According to De Camargo, he is further along in his development than 52-time Belgium international Steven Defour was at the same age.
“One hundred percent (he can be better than Defour). Or, at least I hope so,” the former Standard Liege striker says.
“Mentality, commitment, and certainly his football skills…he has it all to play in the Premier League or the Bundesliga. Physically. he is almost ready.
“That was not like Defour at the same age.”
Defoe, a Belgian Golden Shoe winner in 2007, won two Primeira Liga trophies at Porto before moving to England with Burnley and Vranckx could soon be following in his footsteps.
The Mirror reports that Vranckx, a deep-lying midfielder who resembles Frenkie de Jong due to his intelligent use of the ball, has been watched by Liverpool scouts with Mechelen considering offers of just £1.5 million.
Bayern Munich, Feyenoord and Manchester City are also keen.