Chelsea’s £34m transfer for ‘mini-Kaka’ at risk of being HIJACKED as Premier League rivals

LIVERPOOL have entered the race to sign Celta Vigo starlet Gabri Veiga, according to reports.

The 21-year-old, dubbed “mini-Kaka” has been linked with Chelsea this summer.

Gabri Veiga is available for £34million this summer
Gabri Veiga is available for £34million this summer
Veiga’s contract is believed to possess a release clause of around £34million, putting some of Europe’s big players on red alert.

Chelsea were the first English side to be credited with interest in the Spain Under-21 international this month.

According to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, however, Liverpool have now begun talks for Veiga.

The attacking midfielder is currently at the Under-21 Euros, and his team have engaged in talks with a number of interested clubs.

His future is likely to be resolved at the end of the tournament, which finishes on July 8.

Veiga netted 11 goals in 36 LaLiga appearances last term, also laying on four assists.

Celta have this week confirmed Rafa Benitez as their new manager on a three-year deal this week.

But the former Chelsea and Liverpool boss’ appointment is unlikely to persuade Veiga to stay.

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The youngster’s final day double saw Celta beat Barcelona 2-1, sealing LaLiga safety in the process.

Liverpool went into this summer desperate to bolster their midfield options.

Naby Keita and James Milner have departed on free transfers, while they have signed Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton.

Chelsea, meanwhile, missed out on Sporting star Manuel Ugarte, but have confirmed the signing of Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.

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