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Despite conceding four goals in his first-team debut for Sevilla, Alfonso Pastor Vacas, 20, is a wanted man, with one report claiming that both Liverpool and Real Madrid are admirers.
Pastor got off to a surprise start against Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday night, after Tomas Vaclik suffered an injury in the pre-match warm-up. Vaclik himself was only supposed to play after Yassine Bounou contracted coronavirus.
In fact, Pastor was only signed up for Sevilla’s Champions League squad to meet UEFA’s local requirements, with the usual third starter Javi Díaz excluded.
Although Chelsea was left without winners 4-0 due to the excellence of Olivier Giroud, Pastor, a product of the academy, did not hurt his growing reputation, making two saves.
AS They report that both Liverpool and Real Madrid ‘have set their sights’ on the young goalkeeper, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Liverpool currently has world-class Alisson Becker as their first-choice goalkeeper, but they may be looking to improve their reserve options soon.
Adrián, 33, a former player for Sevilla’s rival Betis, has made several high-profile mistakes in recent demonstrations and was benched in favor of local Caiomhin Kelleher for the midweek win over Ajax.
While Kelleher, 22, could be promoted to Liverpool’s first-choice substitute, Adrian’s contract expires at the end of the season, which could open up a spot for another player to enter.
The Reds also have highly-skilled youngsters Vitezslav Jaros (19) and Marcelo Pitaluga (17) on their books, while loaner Loris Karius has a contract that runs through 2022.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool would want another teenager to add to their current crop, or a more experienced Adrian.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, could offer Pastor the chance to become the third and play for Castilla, the club’s ‘B team’, according to AS.
The whites, of course, have Thibaut Courtois as their first choice stopper, while the Ukrainian Andriy Lunin is the second fiddle.