Liverpool have edged out Manchester United in the race to sign Celta Vigo starlet Stefan Bajcetic, according to reports in Spain.
The Premier League duo have been battling to sign 16-year-old Bajcetic, who enjoyed a breakout 2019/20 season and has been promoted to Celta’s Youth B outfit.
United was believed to be the young centre-back’s preferred destination and both parties were keen to complete the deal within a matter of days.
Stefan is the son of former Celta and Red Star Belgrade midfielder Srdan Bajcetic and was also a target for RB Leipzig.
The report adds Manchester United were engaged in weeks of negotiations with the youngster’s representatives and were prepared to “bet the strongest” for his signature.
Liverpool, however, offered an enticing package to Bajcetic as they aim to complete the deal before new Brexit regulations come into force.
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He is expected to move to the Reds’ Kirkby base on a training contract, while Celta will receive compensation for the player who joined them three years ago.
It remains to be seen if Bajcetic’s reported arrival will be Liverpool’s only piece of January business, as Jurgen Klopp kept his cards close to his chest when discussing potential transfers last month.
“If we can do something in January I have no idea, if we want to do something in January I have no idea,” said the Liverpool boss.
“We’ll just have to see. That we look for solutions and the transfer market – that is clear – but in the moment we have the situation we have.”
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