Tuesday, 18th March, 2014
Liverpool and Real Madrid both hold a serious interest in PSV Eindhoven starlet Zakaria Bakkali, with the Dutch club concerned about keeping hold of the 18-year-old.
Bakkali, who won his first senior cap for Belgium last year, has just a further year to run on his PSV contract after this coming summer and it is far from certain that the winger-cum-forward will agree to extend that arrangement.
That is not lost on Bakkali's suitors, a group which includes Liverpool and Real Madrid, according to Dutch daily De Telegraaf, the pair being very serious in their interest in the former Standard Liege youth player.
And Standard Liege are eyeing a reunion with Bakkali too, while fellow Belgian side Anderlecht are keeping tabs on the 18-year-old's situation.
PSV had been expecting Bakkali to sign a senior contract when he turned 18 in late January, but so far that has not happened.
There are signs doubts over his future may also be affecting Bakkali's football, with the youngster clocking up just 21 minutes on the pitch since the Dutch winter break.
Bakkali remains the youngster player to score a hat-trick in the Eredivisie, having struck at the age of 17 years and 196 days.