Liverpool are reportedly one of a number of clubs interested in signing Crystal Palace academy forward Zion Atta in the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool, Manchester City, Augsburg and Bayern Munich are among the clubs keen on Atta, following his impressive performances for Palace’s academy this season.
The report claims that Palace paid £60k to sign him from Millwall, when he was 13, and the Eagles have high hopes for him in the first-team.
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Transfermarkt claims that Atta mainly operates on the left-wing, but can also play as a striker alongside another forward. There is no available data on how well he has performed in the youth team, but Liverpool’s interest suggests that he has been playing at a high enough standard to attract the attention of some top European teams.
In a broader sense, it is good to see Liverpool going out and looking at other talent around the Premier League at an academy level. If Liverpool can sign a promising youngster from Palace at 16 for, say, £3m (random figure) then it could save them from having to pay 20x that if they managed to break through into the first-team and start impressing in the Premier League.
This means that they can sign players before they realise their potential, which is a risk given the unpredictable nature of footballers’ development but it could be beneficial down the line if they do end up making the cut. So, if Liverpool believe that Atta is a future Premier League star, then signing him could be a shrewd bit of business by the club.