Liverpool are putting the finishing touches on a deal to sign 17-year-old centre-back Sepp van den Berg, with an official announcement scheduled for Friday, according to a report from ESPN’s Melissa Reddy this morning.
PSV had been granted permission to discuss the potential signing of the PEC Zwolle player, amidst interest from Bayern Munich and Ajax, but the defender has opted to choose Liverpool as his next club.
A medical is scheduled for tomorrow and should everything go to plan, his signing will be made official on Friday. The fee is expected to be just under £2m.
Van den Berg will initially link up with the academy, where he would join his compatriot Ki-Jana Hoever, although the Dutchman is already thought of highly and it may not be long until he makes the step up to the first team.
Zwolle had hoped to tie the 17-year-old, who has already made over 20 first-team appearances in the Eredivisie down to a new long-term deal, but were unable to compete with the host of European sides interested in his signing.
Reddy has described him as “strong in the tackle and comfortable in possession”, despite needing to “develop his ability to dominate in the air”; with the immense talent around him at Liverpool and with his seemingly big potential, we’ll have to hope van den Berg lives up to his promise at Anfield.