In one of the more farfetched transfer rumours of 2017, Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has reportedly urged Los Blancos to make a move for teenage Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn.
According to notorious Spanish gossip website Don Balon, Bale has issued what is being called a ‘very serious warning’ to Bernabeu officials because of Barcelona’s alleged and equally surprising interest in Woodburn.
It is said he wants Real to move faster for his fellow Wales international and get there before the Catalans do, with Woodburn’s quality labelled ‘undeniable’ by the report.
Quite how much truth there is to any of that remains to be seen, but what is for sure is that big things are expected from the 17-year-old on Merseyside.
Woodburn was called into Liverpool’s first-team squad last summer while still only 16. He played pre-season games against Tranmere and Fleetwood, scoring against the latter, and later made his competitive debut in November just 42 days after his 17th birthday.
He became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer that same week, breaking the record previously held by Michael Owen after netting in an EFL Cup tie against Leeds United.
“We all know how young he is, but it doesn’t look like this in training sessions. It’s a nice story and all the boys are really happy for him, everybody is smiling in the dressing room,” Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said at the time.
Real haven’t had the best record signing teenage wonderkids in recent seasons after seeing Norwegian sensation Martin Odegaard fail to make an impact before joining ultimately joining Heerenveen on an 18-month loan deal earlier this year.
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