Anfield side battle Stamford Bridge rivals for River Plate youngster.
River Plate’s Lucas Ocampos who has been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way to the Premier League as the Argentine club revealed they may sell him in January.
The 17-year-old is earning rave reviews in Argentina scoring four goals in 15 appearances since his inclusion in the first-team at a regular age and has continued his goal-scoring form at International level appearing eight times he has netted on three occasions which has alerted Chelsea and Liverpool who are both rumoured to be interest and the Merseyside club are thought to have made an enquiry back in October.
Reports in Argentina are suggesting that River Plate could be willing to sell in January for a fee of around £15 million which the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool will be happy to pay for such a rising star in football.
There is of course a habit of media outlets comparing youngsters with big name players and indeed perhaps even the player’s agents themselves help in this regard by dubbing their clients as the ‘Next Messi’ or the ‘Next Ronaldo’ but by all accounts Lucas Ocampos is one of the hottest young prospects in South American football right now.
The 17 year old Argentine is already a regular in the River Plate first team and has been a big hit in the Under 17 national team set-up. Ocampos is a powerful winger, standing 6ft 2in tall but has a good touch for a big man and an eye for goal and is considered a strong physical presence that could lend himself well to life in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League.
Clearly Liverpool have brought in a number of South Americans over the past couple of years with the likes of Luis Suarez, Sebastian Coates and Doni all being signed in 2011. Perhaps the fact that Ocampos’s countryman Maxi Rodriguez is at the club may help in the race to snap up the talented teenager.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is known to like out and out old fashioned natural wingers and brought in Stewart Downing to fill the left hand side berth and may be keen to continue the club’s policy of signing youthful additions to build for the long term by making a significant offer for the River Plate starlet.