Liverpool and Man Utd have reportedly identified Udinese starlet Simone Pafundi as a potential transfer target in the future.
After contrasting 2021-22 campaign, the two Premier League heavyweights are set to have entirely different summer windows, the Merseyside Reds already making a statement of intent.
On Monday morning, it was confirmed that a contract worth £85m had been agreed for Portuguese giants, Benfica attacker Darwin Nunez, the Merseyside giants seemingly getting the better of the Red Devils’ in the race for the Uruguay international’s services.
However, if reports are to be believed, the duo are expected to lock horns for another player in the former of Udinese prospect Pafundi.
According to The Sun, The Red Devils and the Merseyside Reds have both taken note of the wonderkids rise to senior football at the Dacia Arena.
Despite having only turned 16 years of age in March, Pafundi has already represented Udinese in the Italian top-tier, his debut coming on the final day of this campaign.
With his team 4-0 up at Salernitana, the midfielder was introduced for the final 22 minutes, keeping things ticking over with an 83% pass-completion rate.
Udinese have since appointed Andrea Sottil as their new manager, leaving it unclear whether Pafundi can expect to be fast-tracked into the first-team picture on a regular basis.
Nevertheless, it appears that Liverpool and Man Utd are keeping tabs on the situation ahead of trying to agree a transfer for when the player turns 18 years of age in March 2024.
As per regulations since Brexit, English teams cannot sign starlet from European leagues until they are 18, effectively handing the advantage to clubs on the continent.