Two titans of European football are somewhat unexpectedly signaling interest in a 17-year-old from Chester. Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn, the youngest player ever to score for the Reds, is apparently being eyed by Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Barca are not short for talent at forward, but they will be looking to rebuild dramatically after a season that, by superclub standards, did not meet expectations. The Catalan club bowed out of the Champions League in the semifinalsTKTK and came in second in La Liga to arch-rivals Real Madrid.
For their part, the Galacticos are flying high after their La Liga victory, and they could pull off an impressive double in the Champions League final in two weeks. Zinedine Zidane’s side may lose Gareth Bale and others over the offseason, however, making another forward key to their title defense hopes.
Woodburn has only scored a single goal for the senior side at Anfield, but Reds fans see him as one of the most promising youngsters in Liverpool’s youth academy. Jürgen Klopp could prefer to sell, however, as a major chunk of change from one of the world’s richest clubs would be a boon as he looks to build a team that can compete in the Champions League next year.