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Arsenal and Liverpool in transfer fight for Van der Laan with 17-year-old out of contract at Belenenses next year

ARSENAL and Liverpool are reportedly chasing teenage goalkeeper Ricardo van der Laan.

The 17-year-old has drawn admiring glances from around Europe with his displays for Belenenses’ academy sides this season.

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Having come onto the radar with his youth-team performances, Van der Laan earned the step up to the Liga NOS side’s Under-23 team.

And having been selected four times for them, six years above his age group, the stopper is expected to have a bright future… but potentially away from Portugal.

According to O Jogo, the Premier League duo are at the front of a lengthy queue to secure the hot prospect’s signature.

And with just a year remaining on the youngster’s contract, Belenenses are facing a tough ask to keep hold of their talented prodigy.

They narrowly avoided relegation in the 2019-20 season, coming 15th in Liga NOS, and are unlikely to be anything but strugglers again next time out.

Belenenses snapped up Van der Laan after he was let go by Benfica, and the goalkeeper has gone on to earn caps for Portugal’s Under-18s.

He could be set for an international tug-of-war in future, however, as he is also eligible to represent the Netherlands.

Should he make the move to England, he would likely go straight into either side’s U18s squad.

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