Liverpool set to sign ‘young Pirlo’ from Barcelona despite Arsenal interest

Liverpool are looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of young Barcelona star Sergi Samper and look set to make a move for the midfielder this summer, according to

The 20-year-old defensive midfield ace is viewed as one of the best young talents in European football but has struggled to break into the Barcelona first-team and is now looking likely to leave the Catalan giants.

Samper, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past, has been compared to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo because of his incredible range of passing from a deep position and would be a great signing for the Reds.

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Brendan Rodgers will need to bring in at least one central midfielder this summer as Steven Gerrard is on his way to MLS with LA Galaxy, while Jordan Henderson is being targeted by Chelsea and Manchester City.

Samper may only be 20, but he has shown plenty of promise in Barca’s B team, and would want to see regular first-team action with a move to Anfield.

The Spaniard has made 27 appearances for the Barcelona B squad this season but he has been limited to just four outings for the first-team.

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He made his debut in the Champions League back in September, playing 90 minutes against Apoel Nicosia, and went on to make three appearances in the Copa Del Rey for Luis Enrique’s side.

Samper’s contract at Barcelona runs until 2017 but the player reportedly has a release clause of around £7 million and could be on his way to Anfield.

Highlights: Sergi Samper in action this season (via FootyScoutHD on YouTube):

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