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Liverpool target Nigerian star with £52m release clause ‘promised’ to PL club



Liverpool are keen on signing Villarreal midfielder Samuel Chukwueze

Liverpool are keen on signing Villarreal’s Nigerian midfielder Samuel Chukwueze. (h/t Express)

The 20-year-old has become one of the brightest prospects in La Liga and is attracting interest from a host of top European clubs, who have taken a liking to his pace and dribbling.

The news of Liverpool’s interest has emerged amidst reports that the midfielder has been promised to a Premier League club. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

Premier League rivals Chelsea are also said to be monitoring the player.

Samuel Chukwueze

French giants Lyon are also linked with a move for the player.

With Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide out injured and Moussa Dembele linked with a move to the Premier League, Lyon are looking to bolster their attack by signing the skilful Nigerian star.

Chukwueze has been on Liverpool’s radar for a while. He has a release clause of £52 million in his contract.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season so far and has scored 5 goals in 18 appearances for the Yellow Submarines. (h/t Whoscored)

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Chukwueze was part of the Nigerian squad that won the Under-15 World Cup in 2015 where he won the Bronze boot.

The player has gone on to make 13 appearances for the Nigerian senior team and has so far scored 2 goals. His performances have lead to him winning the Nigerian young player of the year for 2017-18.

He has also been named by UEFA in the 50 young players to watch in 2019-20.