Manchester City and Liverpool are set to meet just days after the World Cup final, with the two sides having been drawn against each other in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing December 19, which means they may be playing just days after the World Cup final on December 18.
While The Citizens and The Reds are set to renew their rivalry once more next month, it appears that the two sides are also set to go head-to-head in the race to sign one of Spain’s most promising youngsters.
As reported by Mundo Deportivo via The Express, both clubs are chasing Las Palmas star Alberto Moleiro and could even attempt to sign him in January.
The 19-year-old has impressed for the Spanish second division side, and could be available for as little as £26 million if his release clause is met.
The teenager is a versatile attacker who can play in a number of roles across midfield and on either flank, meaning he would likely be a useful addition.
Moleiro has provided three assists so far this term in La Liga 2, and he has three goals to his name in 53 career appearances for the club.
He recently made his debut for Spain’s under-21 side and is considered to be one of the country’s most promising young stars.
City and Liverpool are, however, likely to face competition from La Liga giants Barcelona for the player’s signature.
Liverpool’s season hasn’t gone to plan so far and Jurgen Klopp’s side currently find themselves sat in sixth place going into the mid-season World Cup break.
A number of injuries have impacted their campaign so far, and Klopp is therefore intent on bolstering his options, particularly in midfield where the majority of their problems have occurred.
During the recent summer transfer window, The Reds were linked with a number of midfield targets but ultimately failed to land the majority of them, with Arthur Melo the only new arrival, joining on loan from Juventus.