Liverpool are set to poach Xavier Mbuyamba, a 17-year-old Dutch defender who has been labelled the ‘new Virgil van Dijk’ by some reports in the Netherlands, according to Voetbal International, via Sports Mole.
The defender has made 11 appearances for MVV Maastricht in the Dutch second division and has recently impressed while on trial at Chelsea.
The Reds, though, are reportedly set to snatch Mbuyamba from the Blues’ grasp, having seen enough of him to be convinced of taking the teenager to the Academy.
Mbuyamba has not yet signed a professional deal with MVV Maastricht, but Celtic, Bayern Munich and Porto are also listed as being interested in him, so Jurgen Klopp will have to move fast if he is to secure his signature.
The Reds could well have an advantage in the race if Van Dijk himself gets involved – there would be no better learning curve for the new Van Dijk to learn from the original!