Liverpool join race to sign 16-year-old Northern Irish playmaker

Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly among the four teams eyeing up a possible transfer deal for Linfield and starlet Cole Brannigan. The 16-year-old midfielder looks like a big prospect and has several top teams looking at him, with Liverpool and Chelsea alongside Man City and Leeds United as possible suitors.

Cole seems like he could make sense as part of Chelsea’s new strategy under new owner Todd Boehly and new coach Graham Potter, with the London giants likely to be keen to build a more long-term project for the future. The Blues, meanwhile, forked out around £41m on teenage trio Gabriel Slonina, Chukwuemeka and Cesare Casadei.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have long been good at promoting and developing youngsters, so could be another attractive destination for Brannigan. It will be interesting to see how this saga develops and how the Northern Irish teenager’s career path goes after making his choice.

Reece James, Mount, Trevoh Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek and Gallagher are among the youngsters to come through at Chelsea in recent times, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho are teenagers who’ve seen a lot of playing time at Liverpool.

The youngster plies his trade for Linfield and has represented his country at the Under-16 level. He’s clearly made an impression in the very early stages of his career and is now the subject of a four-way transfer battle. The Reds added Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay to their right-back ranks.