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15th Oct 2015

Forget Anthony Martial, Liverpool could be about to make this teenager the highest paid in the world

Ben Kenyon

Much was made about Anthony Martial’s price tag and pay packet when he joined Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal paid £36m for the 19-year-old – which could rise to £58m – off the back of just eight goals for Ligue 1 Monaco.

United were hammered for taking a punt on a relatively unknown talent at such a high price, but as each game goes by it looks less and less of a gamble.

Now Liverpool are reportedly ready to up the ante on paying over the odds for a youngster.

They’re ready to make Porto’s 18-year-old star Ruben Neves the world’s highest paid teenager, according to The Mirror.

The paper report that the Reds have made an informal approach for the teenager, which has been welcomed by his representatives.

Neves became the youngest player to start for Portugal’s U21 and has won plaudits for his maturity and technique as a regular starter in Porto’s midfield.

A clutch of big European clubs are interested in signing Neves, whose agent is the renowned Jorge Mendes, but Liverpool are the first to step up their pursuit.