By Scott Taylor
Jose Luis Zalazar is the latest youngster to be linked with Premier League side Liverpool. Zalazar, 16, was previously linked with the Reds back in May 2014, and since he turned 16 the interest has seems to have re-emerged. However, if Brendan Rodgers is to get his man, he is to pay a whopping £4.3m release clause.
Zalazar is an attacking youngster to make headlines, and looks to have some of the talent as his father Jose Zalazar Sr, who made 29 caps for Uruguay. Born in Uruguay, Zalazar Jr has represented Spain at Under-15, 16, and Under-17 level. Both countries are fighting to obtain his services, and he finds himself in a similar situation to Diego Costa and Liverpool’s Emre Can.
It is not the first time that Liverpool have acquired interest in Spanish players. Pedro Chirivella, Sergi Canos and Madger Gomes currently playing at the Reds’ Academy in Kirkby whilst players such as Suso and Dani Pacheco having left the club in recent years.
If there are to sign him, Liverpool must beat Chelsea and Manchester City to his signature. The left-footed striker is rumoured to be lining up for Malaga’s first-team next season so the potential is clear to see. If he does make that debut, then his release clause will double to £8.6m, a lot of money for a unproven 16-year-old.
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