Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea fighting it out for 19-year-old £67m La Liga star

Liverpool are reportedly fighting off Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea for £67million starlet Yeremy Pino.

Pino, 19, caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs after an impressive second campaign for the Villarreal first-team last season. The Spanish winger netted seven goals in all competitions for Unai Emery’s side, but is better regarded for his ability to take on opposing full-backs.

According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Liverpool are eager to snap up the youngster as a potential long-term replacement for the Premier League-dominating Salah, who will be 33-years-old by the time his latest contract expires in 2025.

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It is believed Jurgen Klopp is eying Pino as a direct understudy, similar to the role Luis Diaz played with Sadio Mane last season. With Mane having now departed, Diaz is more than capable of taking up the mantle with his direct attacking play in the future.

Pino could fulfil a similar role if he joins the Reds this summer or next. It would enable him to learn from some of the more senior attacking players at Anfield without facing the pressures of a starting role.

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However, being a fully-fledged Spain international with four caps and a goal to his name, Pino has earned a hefty £67million price-tag. That would make the teenager the Anfield club’s third most expensive player ever after Virgil van Dijk (£76m) and newly-signed striker Darwin Nunez (£67.5m).

But the Reds could still miss out on their man even if they decide to splash out. Aside from Chelsea and Arsenal, title rivals Manchester City are also said to be interested in acquiring his services, according to the Liverpool Echo.

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