By Scott Taylor
Joaquin Ardaiz, dubbed ‘the next Luis Suarez’, has been linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool, but face stiff competition from Manchester City. Adraiz, 16, has impressed in Uruguay which has led to call-ups to the national team at youth level. His performances have caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp’s scouts, but Manchester City and Barcelona are also both keen on the Liverpool target.
Despite his age, Ardaiz is already a member of the Danubio first team in the Uruguayan Premier League. The club have already produced some of the country’s best talents in recent years, with Suarez’s international team-mates Edison Cavani and Diego Forlan progressing from the academy,
Ardaiz is currently playing his football near Salto, Uruguay, the birthplace of current Barcelona forward Suarez. Suarez scored 31 goals in just 37 games for the Reds in the 2012/13 season, and if Ardaiz can produce anything like that in the future, he is sure to be a talent. Should he join the Reds, he will more than likely play for the U18s to help him settle in to English football. Neil Critchley’s side are second in the Premier League and are in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
Ardaiz may be the third Uruguayan to join Liverpool in recent years, after Suarez and defender Sebastien Coates.