Liverpool and Manchester City are battling to recruit the teenager hailed as the “new Patrick Vieira”.

Rodney Kongolo, the 16-year-old Feyenoord midfielder, is one of the hottest properties in Europe and was widely expected to join City.

But Kongolo’s mother met Anfield officials last month and the young giant will have to decide between the two Premier League clubs.

Feyenoord have been desperate to hang on to Kongolo.

The Rotterdam club have tabled three separate contract offers.