Reports surfacing from Belgium over the course of the weekend have claimed that Premier League rivals Liverpool and Southampton are both keeping close tabs on Inter Milan defender Zinho Vanheusden.
Newspaper Nieuwsblad understand that the 18-year-old powerhouse has been recommended to both clubs by scouts, with Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pellegrino set to enter talks with the Italians.
Who is young prospect Zinho Vanheusden?
Born in the Belgian city of Hasselt in July 1999, Vanheusden was snapped up by Standard Liege’s academy at a young age and impressed enough during his time to earn himself a big switch to Italy.
After featuring for Inter’s youth sides since his move in 2016 Vanheusden has just been awarded a spot in Luciano Spalletti’s squad for their pre-season tour of Asia, gaining invaluable first-team exposure.
He’s been a prominent part of Belgium’s national youth sides too, working his way up through the ages since the under-15 side, and he most recently made his debut for the under-19 side in March.
What could he bring to the Premier League?
Standing tall at six-feet and two-inches the Belgian youngster has all of the physical attributes required to impose himself on the English game, being a strong and stubborn mould of central defender.
He played an influential role in Inter’s under-19 title-winning campaign last year, leading his side from deep and being a commanding figure of encouragement and composure, and he knows how to lift a side.
He’s also become known as a potent threat from set-piece situations – something Liverpool have struggled to capitalise on in past years – scoring six times in just 14 games for Belgium’s under-17 side.
At 18 years of age, and with no first-team action under his belt, he is not exactly ready to jump into Premier League action yet, but there is certainly enough potential for him to be a good defender one day.
Is a move to England likely?
Although the appeal of playing in the Premier League would be enough to tempt almost any promising 18-year-old footballer into a move, Inter Milan seem reluctant to allow him to leave.
The report understands that the Italian giants are confident that Vanheusden won’t be going anywhere this summer and will promise him first-team action should he remain at the San Siro.
But with fellow countrymen Divock Origi and Simon Mignolet at Anfield, Klopp could turn to his Belgian duo to try and use all their persuasive powers possible to tempt the youngster to England.