Liverpool agree deal for Spanish youngster
The paper says the value of the deal could be decided by a tribunal with Chirivella, who has been capped by Spain at under-17 level, valued at £3.5million by his current club and the Reds offering £2million less than that in compensation.
The Mirror also add the 16-year-old was on the brink of joining Barcelona as recently as 2011 after an offer from the Catalan giants was accepted, but the player himself opted to remain at the Mestalla Stadium.
If Liverpool can reach a compromise with Valencia for Chirivella, it would confirm Brendan Rodgers’ third Spanish signing since the summer transfer window was opened.
Attacking midfielder Luis Alberto recently arrived at Anfield from Sevilla for a £6.8million fee, while forward Iago Aspas joined the Merseyside club from Celta Vigo in a £7million deal, with both players earning praise from Rodgers after the 4-0 friendly win over Preston North End last weekend.
“He (Aspas) drifts well in between the lines and always wants to receive the ball but what I like is that he wants to score goals,” the Northern Irishman was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.
“He’s looking to create and combine or go solo by himself and get a shot in. His goal was a terrific strike.”
The former Reading boss added: “Alberto fits into the mould of what we’re looking to do here.
“We want technically-gifted players who work hard and some of his touches were fantastic.
“He’s incisive with his passing and so I’m very pleased with him.”