Bad news for Messi! Liverpool set to snatch Barcelona’s transfer target – report

Liverpool are set to battle it out with Spanish giants Barcelona, as Jurgen Klopp’s team are set to sign Villarreal forward, who was rumoured to be the future replacement for Lione Messi at the Camp Nou.

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Spanish giants Barcelona were rumoured to have identified promising Super Eagles starlet Samuel Chukwueze, who has stormed the Spanish La Liga, with impressive performances against top teams, as a possible future replacement for captain Lionel Messi.

The 19-year-old Nigerian Wonderkid, Chukwueze, made his first-team debut for Villarreal in September 2018, and has proceeded to play 16 La Liga matches, with significant roles in matches against Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, now, the Catalans, who are getting ready for life after Lionel Messi are hoping to sign the young star as a replacement for Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who may be sold in the summer, with the hope of being the star in the future.

Now, Liverpool, who narrowly missed out of the Premier League title to Manchester City are looking to sign the young Super Eagles star as a good option and back up for their front three, and may replace any of them as Real Madrid are looking to sign one of them.

Liverpool are unwilling to sanction big-money fees for players they do not feel would immediately start for the club, that policy should rule out the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Inaki Williams or David Neres, but Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze is an intriguing option, having emerged as a serious prospect for the Liga outfit.

At 19, and capable of playing on either flank, the Nigerian young star could fit the bill for a long-term signing. Liverpool looked at his international colleague Moses Simon last summer, but opted against a move. Sessegnon, the England under-21 star, was also targeted, but Reds chiefs believe he will join Tottenham.

Barcelona, according to a report in Don Ballon were ready to make a move for him provided, but waiting for the sale of Philippe Coutinho. But, Chukwueze would consider signing for a club where he gets regular game time, with both Ousmane Dembele and Malcom bound to be ahead of him at Camp Nou, which means Liverpool are a good option for the star forward.

Chukwueze, 19, has enjoyed an impressive debut season with the Yellow Submarines since breaking into the club’s first team. He has scored eight goals in 38 appearances across all competitions. He has earned recognition from all over Europe and is expected to go for a high price.

The youngster rejected the chance to represent Nigeria at the FIFA U -20 World Cup this month instead opting to feature for the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Former African footballer of the year award winner Emmanuel Amuneke and Gbenga Okunowo are the Nigerians to have played for the Blaugrana.

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