Liverpool are set to reward Bobby Duncan with a new deal at the club amid interest from a number of Bundesliga sides.
The 17-year-old has impressed for the Reds’ U18s since completing a move from Manchester City during the summer transfer window.
Duncan has scored 12 goals across all competitions this season and was recently handed a maiden call-up to Neil Critchley’s U23s in the 7-0 International Cup defeat to Villarreal.
His sparkling impression has alerted the likes of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, with both keen to replicate the success of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho following his move from Manchester City and the impact of Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson at Hoffenheim.
Liverpool are now preparing to offer Duncan a contract extension in order to quash interest in his services, according to the Times’ Matt Hughes.
The influence of both Sancho and Nelson in Germany threatens to be precedent-setting in terms of the Bundesliga offering young English prospects the regular first team football they require as part of their development.
This could combine with the recently-announced FIFA restrictions on loan deals in carving a more realistic route to the senior stage for academy graduates in England.
Liverpool are no strangers to the lure of playing time abroad, with Rhian Brewster having been subject to strong interest from Borussia Monchengladbach last season. The Reds later deemed that particular approach illegal and proceeded to cancel a friendly that had been scheduled to take place between the two sides.
In light of Duncan’s outstanding start to life on Merseyside, the proposal of a new contract is more than justified.