Liverpool now favourites to sign Barcelona prospect dubbed ‘the next Pirlo’

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Could a future maestro be on his way to Anfield?

Liverpool have edged ahead of top-four rivals Arsenal to become the favourites to sign Barcelona youngster, Sergi Samper, who has been compared to Italy legend, Andrea Pirlo.

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According to the Metro, the Gunners have been interested in the player for the long time – and have previous with the Catalan club, signing both Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin from the Spanish giants – but they have yet to table a bid for the player.

That has allowed Brendan Rodgers to sneak in for the 20-year-old, and he could make his move in the summer. The Metro report that the midfielder currently has a buy-out clause of £9.6m at the Nou Camp, and he may well be interested in a move to England due to a lack of first-team opportunities with the La Liga leaders.

Samper has predominantly featured for the club’s B team, but has played four games for the main side this season – including one appearance in the Champions League, and three games in the Copa Del Rey.

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