Liverpool have been linked with a move for Sparta Prague striker Adam Hlozek as the summer transfer window starts to take shape.
What’s the story?
According to Football Insider, the Reds are “intensifying their interest” in the 18-year-old sensation, with fellow Premier League side West Ham United and Italian giants AC Milan also credited with an interest.
The report also states that it will cost Jurgen Klopp’s charges between £15m to £20m to prize Hlozek away from his boyhood club over the coming months.
Should Liverpool sign Hlozek?
Edwards must swoop
Despite missing a large section of last season through a broken metatarsal, the teenage prodigy still bagged a remarkable 15 goals in just 23 appearances, laying on a further nine assists for his teammates.
Hlozek has already won a handful of caps for the Czech Republic, earning his fourth as a second-half substitute in their 2-0 victory over Scotland in their opening game of Euro 2020.
It’s no wonder then that a host of top teams from across the continent are clamouring for the youngster’s signature.
Liverpool are believed to be in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer after scoring 15 fewer goals than eventual Premier League champions Manchester City.
The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi have failed to produce consistently impressive performances for the last two campaigns, and Klopp knows he must add strength in depth to compete at the top level once again.
However, with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continuing to severely impact football’s finances, the Anfield outfit are likely to be working with a limited budget this summer.
Therefore, director of football Michael Edwards must swoop for Hlozek as he oversees an overhaul of the first-team squad.
Klopp has an enviable reputation of developing young talent and has given the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones their senior debuts during his tenure at Liverpool.
The German tactician would surely love the opportunity to work with one of Europe’s most desired teenage talents over the next season, and he could form a formidable duo with Hlozek for many years to come.