Liverpool have joined the race to sign Sunderland youngster Joel Asoro but will have to beat a number of Premier League rivals in order to sign him.
Arsenal, Everton and Southampton are all keen on the Swedish 18-year-old who is capable of playing as a striker or out wide.
Asoro has established himself as Sunderland’s top youngster, making one Premier League appearance from the bench last season, becoming the Black Cats’ youngest player in the process.
According to the Sunderland Echo, Arsenal are in pole position for the teenager and are targeting a double swoop for him and fellow Sunderland starlet, Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka.
Asoro was asked about his future while on international duty and it seems even he is unsure what will happen this summer.
He said: “It’s not something you can decide now. We will have to see who the new manager is and whether or not they like me. If not, I will have to look for something. I have to develop and can’t just play U23 football all the time.”
Liverpool will be hoping their glowing reputation with youth players will see Asoro choose them if he decides to leave.
The likes of Ben Woodburn and Sheyi Ojo have been involved with the first-team under Jurgen Klopp.
Asoro would join Dominic Solanke who joined the club in a £3m deal from Chelsea and it will be interesting to see whether he is given a chance or loaned out.
Klopp would struggle to involve both youngsters so one would likely be sent to a side in the lower divisions to get some game time.