Under the Radar Transfer Targets: How Liverpool Scouts and Erik ten Hag Proved Their Worth

The upcoming summer transfer window promises to be a busy one for Liverpool and Manchester United, as they both seek to strengthen their squads with promising young talent from around the world. Jurgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag have a keen eye for identifying gifted players, and recent reports suggest that their scouting efforts have been successful.

CIES Football Observatory recently released a list of the top 100 players under the age of 23 from outside of Europe’s top five leagues, and several of Liverpool and United’s picks featured in the top five. Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos is rated as the most valuable player on the list, with an estimated worth of €70 million. Meanwhile, Liverpool is reportedly keeping tabs on his teammate, 19-year-old centre-back Antonio Silva, who is valued at €66 million.

Sporting Lisbon’s Goncalo Inacio is another talented centre-back on the radar of Liverpool, with a valuation of €62 million. Manchester United was interested in Ajax centre-back Jurrien Timber last summer, who is now valued at €57 million and can also play at right-back. His teammate, midfielder Kenneth Taylor, is another prospect being watched by United, with a valuation of €49 million.

Other names on the list include Xavi Simons from PSV Eindhoven, Mohammed Kudus from Ajax, Yuri Alberto from Brazil, and Orkun Kokcu from Feyenoord. Benjamin Sesko of Red Bull Salzburg rounds out the top ten.

Both Liverpool and United are gearing up for busy transfer windows as they aim to improve their teams’ chances of success. Klopp’s Liverpool is seeking to rebuild their squad and challenge for major honours, while ten Hag’s United is hoping to mount a serious title challenge. It remains to be seen which players the two clubs will sign this summer, but fans are eagerly anticipating the announcements.

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