MANCHESTER CITY and Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Schalke wonderkid Malick Thiaw, according to reports.
The 18-year-old central defender gained interest from Premier League scouts after making his Bundesliga debut earlier this season.
Thiaw already stands at a towering 6ft 3in and is comfortable with the ball at his feet.
It was revealed how Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who has transfer contacts in Germany, was ready to make his move for Thiaw in the summer.
Klopp is in the market for a new central defender and eyes a replacement for Dejan Lovren who is leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season.
He could also look to Joel Matip to help seal the switch with the fellow defender also starting his career at Schalke.
But with a reported £7million release clause in Thiaw’s contract, Liverpool are braced to face serious competition.
According to the Daily Mail, both Arsenal and Man City are also in the market for his signature.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants a central defender to bolster his struggling backline.
And Pep Guardiola is in a similar boat having lost faith in John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.
Thiaw has had plenty of scouts watching him perform for Schalke’s Under-19 side this season and made his senior debut days before coronavirus postponed the football campaign.