Liverpool have reportedly completed a hijack of Manchester United’s deal to sign Stefan Bajcetic and have beaten their rivals to sign the Celta Vigo youngster.
Spanish publication Faro De Vigo have claimed that Manchester United have suffered defeat in their quest to sign Stefan Bajcetic. The Celta Vigo youngster was primed to complete a move to Manchester United as per reports, with the Red Devils reportedly leading the race. However, Liverpool have swooped in with a late offer and nabbed Bajcetic from Manchester United’s clutches.
If the transfer news is confirmed, Bajcetic will become the second youngster to be signed by Liverpool in recent days, with the Reds having completed the capture of Calum Scanlon from Birmingham City for a fee of £500,000. Bajcetic won’t set Liverpool back much either, as per the report.
Scanlon and Bajcetic are both defenders. But, Unlike Bajcetic, Scanlon plays out wide and can play in midfield as well, favouring the left side.
The report further states that RB Leipzig were also interested in Bajcetic but the new Premier League regulations as a result of Brexit caused Liverpool and Manchester United to accelerate their pursuit, leaving the Bundesliga club behind. Due to Brexit, there will be new regulations governing the transfer of youth players from Europe to England and there will be problems in attaining work permits for the youngsters.
Liverpool have also signed Celta Vigo’s Stefan Bajcetic who will be announced imminently.
Liverpool have beaten Manchester United to the signing of the 16 year old defender.
— ? ? ? (@SMXLFC) December 23, 2020
Liverpool have been trying to amp up their youth recruitment after the youngsters have come in clutch to fill in during an injury crisis and lack of depth in the first-team squad under Jurgen Klopp. The manager has overseen first-team debuts of several young gems and has always preferred turning to the youth instead of going for desperate buys.
Bajcetic seems like a central defender by trade and is likely to join Liverpool’s Under-18 squad for now. The 16-year-old will serve under manager Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and will have to compete with the likes of Lee Jonas and Jarrell Quansah along with the enterprising Billy Koumetio, who recently impressed on his senior debut for Liverpool, coming on for Fabinho at half-time against FC Midtjylland in a 1-1 draw.
The Celta Vigo youngster will be looking to follow in Koumetio’s footsteps and will be eager to settle down quickly in a new country and new surroundings, hoping to impress his new teammates, coaches and Jurgen Klopp, above all. As far as Manchester United are concerned, they will be disappointed by the successful hijack attempt and will hope to find other gems to add to their central defensive options in the academy setup.