Closing in on the final six months of his current contract with Liverpool, Jordan Rossiter is no closer to extending his terms.
Rossiter is one of the most highly regarded talents in the Liverpool academy setup, and is now a regular feature in the first team, but the Reds are yet to seal an extension on his current contract.
This could prove costly, as Rossiter enters the final six months of his deal.
According to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, this could see interest from European clubs mount up in January.
“Udinese are monitoring Rossiter’s situation closely in the knowledge they could buy him for peanuts with a view to selling him on at a later date for a tidy profit,” Pearce claims.
Clubs outside of England will be free to discuss terms with both Rossiter and fellow academy star Jon Flanagan in January, with both available for a meagre compensation fee of around £250,000.
Flanagan was given a new one-year deal last summer, to cover his surgery and rehabilitation after suffering a knee injury that has kept him out of action for close to 18 months.
Spurs and City’s interest in Rossiter, however, could be more worrying.
At 18, Rossiter is one of the finest young midfielders in England, with his strong tactical acumen and determination ensuring he operates at a level above his academy colleagues, and he could thrive at Spurs in particular.
This underlines why Liverpool will be desperate to continue their association with Rossiter, but as Pearce attests “talks are continuing but agreeing a deal has so far proved problematic.”
With Jerome Sinclair looking likely to leave the club at the end of his contract, the Reds must look to avoid this situation with Rossiter.
Rossiter is currently sidelined with another hamstring injury, sustained against FC Sion, which will keep him out until the new year.