As reports have increased over the last few days, Liverpool Academy writer Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorUK) reveals who the Catalan giants are showing an interest in and the details about the possible move.
British tabloid the Independent ran a story that La Liga giants Barcelona were looking to snap up a deal to bring Liverpool youngster Cameron Brannagan to the Camp Nou, even though the 18 year old is on the brink of breaking through into Brendan Rodgers’ first team squad. He has featured in the first team twice for the Reds this season, firstly in the 2-0 win over Oldham in the FA Cup 3rd Round where he was an unused substitute and then when he came on as a second half substitute in the 4-0 win over League Of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers.
Brannagan has attracted interest from Barcelona scouts after he started to play in his natural number 10 position instead of the defensive midfield position where he was wasted over recent years. It showed too as the Liverpool midfielder, who has been at the club since the age of 5, made 18 apperances scoring three goals and assisting two. It is thought that the interest was because of manager Luis Enrique’s appointment as Barcelona Head Coach and he is keen to have Brannagan as a product of his ‘B’ side, just as current Liverpool attacking midfielder Luis Alberto was.
In order for Barcelona to lure Brannagan to the Spanish city, they will have to pay a substantial amount as he has already signed his first professional contract with the club last season. Although he only has one year left, it is understood that Rodgers is keen to extend that as he has remained loyal to the Reds for such a long time fending off interest by the likes of Manchester United.
The Liverpool manager also is keen to take him into the first team next season, as the Merseyside club are back in Europe for the first time since 2009, so there will plenty of games where squad players like Brannagan will need to feature. It would also be ideal for Brannagan to go with his Liverpool team-mates on their pre-season tour of the USA, but I must stress that it is not confirmed that the youngster is going on the tour to USA yet.
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