Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona target Liverpool sensation Cameron Brannagan
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given few of the academy youngsters a chance in the cup games this season, with the likes of Sheyi Ojo, Kevin Stewart, Brad Smith, Cameron Brannagan, Pedro Chirivella and Conor Randall enjoying some playing time in the first team.
English midfielder Cameron Brannagan has specifically caught the eye of onlookers, and reports in the English media suggest he is on the wishlist of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Mirror’s Spanish correspondent believes Brannagan could be a subject of bidding war between the La Liga giants this summer, as both the clubs have scouted the 20-year-old several times this season.
It is reported Emilio Butragueño first spotted Brannagan when Liverpool and Real Madrid met in the UEFA Youth League, a couple of years ago. Scouts from Real Madrid have followed the 20-year-old since then and have been keeping tabs on him.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have been keen on the midfielder before Real Madrid’s interest and have sent scouts at least four times to watch him in this season's Under-21 Premier League.
Mirror reckon Real Madrid are willing to offer £5.5millon plus bonuses for Brannagan, but Liverpool might not be interested in selling the youngster. The Manchester-born player has also previously turned down the opportunity to sign for Manchester United, and it seems he is quite happy to stay at Anfield.
A couple of months ago, Catalan-based newspaper Sport confirmed Barcelona’s interest in Brannagan saying they’re ‘closely following the developments of the player, whilst another Spanish daily Marca confirmed the same last month.
Liverpool fans, however, don’t need to hold their breath yet, as the player responded to rumours linking him to Barcelona and Real Madrid with a brilliant post on Instagram.
Brannagan posted a picture with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, and it seems the player is thankful to the Liverpool boss for putting faith in him. Jurgen Klopp has developed many young players under him at Borussia Dortmund, and it’s always good to have a manager, who can put his mark on the youngsters.
The 20-year-old signed a contract extension last year, just after the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, who described him as ‘real talent’ back then. He made 9 senior team appearances this season, and would be hoping to continue his progress next season.