German publication Sport1 have claimed that Liverpool and Manchester United are rivalling a whole host of European clubs to sign West Ham United teenager Benicio Baker Boaitey, after he rejected professional terms at the London Stadium.
Boaitey, 16, is already an England Under-16 international and has broken into West Ham’s Under-18 side, clocking up three appearances for the Hammers at that age group. However, he has decided to reject a contract at West Ham.
That has placed Liverpool and Manchester United on red alert over a move for the young midfielder. But they are not the only sides interested in signing Boaitey, with Patrick Kluivert looking to lure him to Barcelona. Bayern Munich are also keen.
Kluivert is said to be a fan of the player who idolises Lionel Messi and is compared to Juventus star Diego Costa in the report. It remains to be seen where he will end up, but the lure of Barcelona could prove tantalising – if Messi is his idol.
16 year-old West Ham winger Benicio Baker-Boaitey is set to become the centre of a transfer battle after reportedly telling the Hammers he wants to leave.
Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Liverpool and Man City are all interested in the teenage sensation.
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) May 22, 2020
TBR’s view – Boaitey needs to look at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp
Harvey Elliot, Neco Williams, Sepp van der Berg, Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones and many more have made their debuts under the guidance of Klopp this season. Youngsters are given more than just the odd game at Liverpool
Indeed, Manchester United are exactly the same. Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner have all played numerous times for the first team this season at Old Trafford.
Boaitey needs ignore a move abroad and if harbours ambitions of leaving West Ham, Liverpool and Manchester United should be considered first.
? #mufc want to sign 16-year-old Benicio Baker-Boaitey from West Ham.
The winger has featured 3 times for their U18 side this season.
(via Sport1) pic.twitter.com/v5a9Bho6AY
— United News Hub (@UnitedNewsHub) May 21, 2020