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Liverpool Reportedly Pursuing Ben Chilwell

The Premier League champions could lose their young and highly-rated defender this summer.

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Earlier in the month, there were strong rumours that Liverpool had beaten or were set to beat Arsenal in the race for Leicester City's Ben Chilwell. The rumours continued to link the young left back with the switch to Anfield despite a possible move for Jonas Hector, the FC Köln and Germany left back. At this stage, no formal interest has been made for either defender, but if pre-season preparations are to run as smoothly as possible, players need to be signed early in the summer transfer window,

The 19-year-old left back is believed to want more opportunities at the next club he moves to. After hardly seeing any meaningful minutes due to the presence of Christian Fuchs, will Chilwell choose Liverpool? According to the reliable Melissa Reddy of Goal, the youngster wants to join Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp. Whether the Foxes fullback will enjoy as many triple sessions as possible will hinge on the negotiations between the two clubs. Arsenal were believed to have offered as much as £3.5 million last summer, underling just how much he's rated and how interested clubs are in the player.

David Wagner, Huddersfield manager and a close friend of Klopp's, apparently alerted the Liverpool manager and his staff to Chilwell's talents after an impressive loan spell under Wagner. Whether the arrival of Chilwell would provide the required depth and competition Liverpool need in the left back spot is questionable. Alberto Moreno suffers from defensive lapses in concentration along with a maddeningly propensity to make uneccassry, rash challenges.

The Leicester Mercruy confirms that although the teenager rejected a contract extension on a deal that expires in 2017, future prospects not money appear to be the overriding concern. It is a big decision to make -- if such a scenario exists -- considering that Chilwell has been at Leicester City since he was nine. Developments are expected next week for a player who has made only 11 senior appearances all season in England's top two divisions. In fact, these outings have been the first senior opportunities in his career.

If Chilwell arrives this summer, can he push Moreno further or onto the bench? This might be one transfer rumour to look out for over the next seven days.

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