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Barcelona eye deal for Reds youngster Cameron Brannagan

Barcelona want to acquire one of
Liverpool’s brightest teenage talents
in a move which would deprive
Brendan Rodgers of a midfielder
who is on the brink of breaking
through into his first-team squad.
Cameron Brannagan, who turned 18
earlier this month, underlined his
status as arguably the club’s finest
academy player with a stellar
substitute’s performance for the
first team in last week’s friendly
against Shamrock Rovers. Barcelona
– who have watched him for the
last year – have received rave
scouting reports and are seeking
him for their B side. After a day of
rumours on Thursday about the
Spanish club’s interest in him,
Brannagan enigmatically tweeted
“…”. The ellipsis may have been his
way of saying “watch this space”.
Liverpool’s academy coaching staff
view Brannagan as a midfielder
with the potential to be a top
player, owing to his balance, vision
and his ability with both feet. He
operates as an attacking midfielder,
though not in the hole behind the
Some equate his balance with that
of Jack Wilshere, though
comparisons of any such kind are
always dangerous at such an early
age. He and Liverpool’s 17-year-old
midfielder Jordan Rossiter are seen
by some as the academy’s two
brightest hopes, though Rossiter, a
Liverpudlian, has been the subject
of more attention in a city which is
always looking for its next big
footballing star.
Brannagan was brought up in
Salford, in a staunch Manchester
United-supporting family, though
Liverpool spotted him very early
and signed him to their academy as
a seven-year-old. United then
realised his potential and attempted
to bring him to Carrington, though
Brannagan insisted that he wanted
to stick with the club who had first
shown interest in him.
The dimension to his game which
Brannagan has yet to develop is his
personality on the field. He is by no
means brash and this may prove to
be a significant factor if it comes
down to him choosing between
staying in the North-west or leaving
for a new life in Spain.
Rodgers rates Brannagan highly
enough to have named him on the
bench for Liverpool’s FA Cup third-
round tie with Oldham Athletic in
January. If the game – which
Liverpool won 2-0 – had been a less
tense affair, Brannagan would
probably have come on. He is likely
to get his chance next season and
Rodgers would expect to be able to
keep him out of the Catalans’

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