Last weekend, history was made in the Serie A when Francesco Camarda became the youngest player to play in the Italian top flight at just 15 years old, eight months and 15 days. Coming on for AC Milan, Camarda also became the youngest player in the club's history beating Paolo Maldini's long-standing record.
The talented forward, who Milan had to secure a special exemption for with the Italian FA not generally permitting players under the age of 16 to play in professional football, was promoted to the club's first team due to an injury crisis.
Camarda played just a few minutes on his debut, and has now in turn cemented his place in Milan history forever. His historic appearance unsurprisingly made headlines everywhere, but behind the scenes, Camarda has been on the radar of some of Europe's biggest clubs including Liverpool.
According to 90min, Liverpool is among the potential suitors for Camarda, alongside a host of the world's elite clubs. Though the site claims it is understood he is settled in Milan for now.
Liverpool's interest in Camarda makes sense. He is regarded as a top talent at Milan and has impressed at youth level already, especially for Italy's youth national teams, where he has scored plenty of goals and dominated a lot of his opposition.
Recently, he has also caught the eye in the UEFA Youth League, where Camarda has three goals and one assist in three games for Milan having scored against Newcastle United's and Borussia Dortmund's U19 sides.
It's early days but it's clear Camarda is being fast-tracked as one of the most promising prospects at AC Milan, and to see Liverpool register an interest in his services is encouraging. However, pulling off any potential deal would be a big obstacle for Liverpool.
Since England left the European Union, Liverpool is no longer permitted to sign players from EU countries under 18 years old. Previously, before Brexit, the threshold for EU-based players was 16 years old, which saw Liverpool bring a number of European players to the club's academy. However, now that is no longer an option for Jürgen Klopp's side.
This means in order to sign Camarda, Liverpool would either have to tie him down on a pre-contract, and then send him out on loan for at least the next two seasons. Or wait until the 2026 summer transfer window by which point Camarda will be 18 years old and free to move as per FIFA rules on under-age transfers overseas.
But to wait that long could present a huge obstacle for Liverpool. Especially, when other sides like Manchester City and Chelsea, who have strong links and feeder teams in EU-based countries, are also interested in Camarda's services and who are much better suited to facilitating a transfer.