Liverpool SNATCH highly-rated youngster from Chelsea

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Liverpool are reportedly close to completing the signing of highly-rated England youngster Rio Ngumoha from rivals Chelsea.

This has been a very quiet transfer window for the Reds, who are still adjusting to new life under Arne Slot, Richard Hughes, Michael Edwards and co. Though there have been a few outgoings at the club, including the exit of goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel, there has been very little in terms of new signings.

But that is about to change as multiple reports claim that the Anfield side have agreed to sign 2008-born England man Rio Ngumoha. According to Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool will break their historical wage structure for Academy players to sign the teenager, who is highly rated by the club.

Ngumoha, who made his debut for the Chelsea under-21s this season, is one of the most exciting prospects to come from the Chelsea academy in recent years. He has been compared to Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard and ex-Chelsea academy man, Jamal Musiala. 

The youngster can play on both wings and as an attacking midfielder. He has made several appearances for England at youth level and averaged 12.91 dribbles per 90 minutes with a 63.6% completion for England’s U16 team. He also averaged 0.84 goals and assists per 90 minutes. 

Ngumoha has already trained with Chelsea’s first team at 15 years old and Liverpool see him as a player who can be a part of their first team in a few years.

What Top Six Footballs Thinks

Liverpool’s imminent recruitment of Rio Ngumoha from Chelsea, though unexpected, is unsurprising, given their desire to sign the best youngsters available in the market. 

Under the returning Michael Edwards, the Anfield club are not just targeting elite players, but the best available youngsters as they seek to return to the pinnacle of English and European football.

Under Jürgen Klopp, the Reds were one of the few clubs that allowed youngsters to shine. Harvey Elliot, Jarell Quanash, Conor Bradley, Jayden Danns, and James McConnell all enjoyed first-team time under the German last season. 

Arne Slot has a history of developing young talent, and so Ngumoha will be hoping to join the illustrious list of youngsters who have made the grade at Anfield.

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