Chelsea and Everton have both been tipped to make an approach for highly rated Real Madrid scout Juni Calafat, while there are conflicting reports about Liverpool’s interest in the Spaniard.
Since joining the club back in 2015, Calafat has built up a stunning reputation as one of the finest scouts around. He is credited with the discoveries of youngsters like Federico Valverde, Martin Ødegaard, Éder Militão, Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior, which has completely restructured Real’s approach to transfers.
According to The Telegraph, both Chelsea and Everton are interested in trying to lure Calafat away from the Santiago Bernabéu, while the same report also credits Liverpool with an interest.
Calafat is seen as a man who is capable of identifying future stars with terrifying ease. The reason Real are so infatuated with him is they believe he can find players who will soon be worth €200m and sign them for a fraction of the price.
All three of Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool and eager to incorporate more young players in their squad, so bringing in someone with Calafat’s talents certainly sounds like a good idea.
However, whether Liverpool are actually interested in the scout is debatable. While The Telegraph claim they are part of the three-way tug of war to sign Calafat, the Liverpool Echo insist that the Reds do not believe they need him.
Liverpool are already ecstatic with their recruitment department, and they do not feel as though Calafat is an upgrade on any of the staff on their scouting team.
The Reds are said to have ‘stressed’ that there is no truth to the report linking them with Calafat, with sporting director Michael Edwards believed to be against unsettling his team with a high-profile addition.
Calafat’s latest accomplishment was ensuring Real won the race for Reinier Jesus, who was also wanted by Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
Both Chelsea and Everton are seemingly eager to bring in someone with Calafat’s talents, but whether he would want to leave Real – who are happy to give him plenty of power – is an entirely different matter.
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