By Scott Taylor
Christopher Nkunku and Lamine Ba are the latest names to be scouted by Premier League side Liverpool, according to reports in France. The duo were watched in PSG U19s’ 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Youth League, where Nkunku scored twice. They aren’t the first PSG players to be scouted by the Reds recently, as Liverpool watched team-mate Odsonne Edouard in the U17 World Cup.
Nkunku, 17, is an attacking midfielder who is highly rated with the Ligue 1 giants. After impressing at youth level, he was part of PSG’s pre-season tour of the USA, and continued to perform well against the likes of Manchester United. Nkunku is yet to sign a professional contract at the Parc des Princes, but in a recent interview he hinted that he’s fully committed and happy to stay in France. He said: “I am at PSG. This is the club where I developed. I am going to do everything I can to sign a professional contract here.” Nkunku is also a versatile player that can play as a central midfielder or even on the right wing. In his seven Youth League games this season, Nkunku has scored three goals and claimed an assist, averaging a goal every 136 minutes.
Ba, 18, is a central defender who arrived from fellow Ligue 1 side Guingamp in the summer. Although Nkunku is closer to progressing to the first team, Ba will still be very useful for a Liverpool U21 side who are lacking in experienced figures in defence. He has only played one game for PSG U19s since his arrival and that came in the win over Real Madrid on Wednesday 21 October, where he played the full 90 minutes. Although he hasn’t played many games for PSG, he can still be a talented footballer, hence why the Ligue 1 side signed him.