In Focus: Chelsea & Liverpool set to battle for international captain

Chelsea and Liverpool are set to lock horns on the transfer front for the services of highly-rated defender Sebastian Caceres, according to The Sun.

What’s the story?

Chelsea and Liverpool are no strangers to battling each other in the transfer market, with the two Premier League giants most recently going toe-to-toe with one another in the market for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and a fresh battle could be set to emerge.

The Sun state both Premier League sides are interested in the services of 18-year-old Uruguayan U18 captain Sebastian Caceres following the teenager’s superb start to life in senior football, where he represents Montevideo side Liverpool FC.

Caceres is now tipped for a move to Europe, where Barcelona are also interested, and has already trained with Dutch outfit Feyenoord. The Eredivisie side failed to thrash out a deal but the fact Caceres holds a Spanish passport is a major boost to interested parties, as it means a work permit is not required.

Who needs him more?

Liverpool showed that their defensive woes were still present in this weekend’s 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City and the Reds would certainly benefit from the addition of a young defender who could be crafted into one of the finest in the league- something the Anfield outfit haven’t had since Jamie Carragher.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have restructured their defensive line once again this summer with the addition of Antonio Rudiger but ageing England international Gary Cahill doesn’t have too long left at the top, which could present an opportunity to Caceres.

Antonio Conte’s side don’t have a strong record of bleeding youngsters into the first-team squad though and Liverpool could therefore be a better option for Caceres, who’ll be able to talk to compatriot Luis Suarez about what life was like on Merseyside.

Further interest in the defender could rise over the course of the coming months though as Manchester City were previously accredited with an interest, which shows just how much this teenage prodigy is rated.