By Scott Taylor
Rafael Camacho is reportedly ‘set to sign’ for Liverpool from Premier League rivals Manchester City, days after links first emerged. Camacho, 15, joined the Blues for the start of the 2014/15 season from Portuguese Super Lig side Sporting Lisbon after impressing in his native country. However, it looks likely that Man City won’t offer him a professional contract, meaning that Camacho may leave the club, with Liverpool looking favourites for his signature.
The midfielder burst onto the scene whilst at Sporting Lisbon, which earned him a call-up to Portugal’s U16s side.
His domestic form continued onto the international stage, with Camacho scoring three goals in five appearances.
Should Camacho go, he will be the second Manchester City youngster to join Liverpool, after full-back Diego Lattie signed a three-year deal last month.
Liverpool’s academy has always been key in the club’s success, producing players for the first-team such as Steven Gerrard, and players on the global stage such as Mikel San Jose.
In recent seasons, 15 players that have played for Michael Beale’s U21s have gone on to make their first-team debuts, including Cameron Brannagan, Sheyi Ojo and Pedro Chirivella.