According to reports, Liverpool are on the verge of stealing a promising youngster away from league rivals Manchester City. That youngster is 15-year-old Portuguese midfielder Rafael Camacho, who only moved to City two summers ago and is yet to sign his first professional contract.
As a result, if Liverpool were to sign Camacho to his first deal, no compensation would be owed to the Citizens, who rumour has it are content with letting Camacho go and decided not to move forward in their own attempts to sign him to a new deal. Liverpool, who have tracked him since his days in Portugal, were quick to move.
According to ESPNFC, a deal is likely to be done shortly, which would make Camacho the second City youth player to move to Anfield this year. Earlier, the Reds snapped up defender Diego Lattie when it became clear that City were going to let the 16-year-old’s youth deal expire without offering the player a new deal.
Lattie was a highly rated English prospect, having represented England at the U17 level. Camacho’s case is similar, as the youngster is a regular with the Portuguese U16s and is highly regarded as one of the brightest youngsters back in his home country. In both case, though, City appeared to be less than impressed.
Now it will be up to Liverpool to show that their scouts are right and City’s wrong, and that their youth coaches can help to develop both players into the stars City thought they were brining in to the club in the first place.