Alphonso Davies has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise frustrating season for the Vancouver Whitecaps, skyrocketing from the club's academy system to their WFC2 USL team and on to the senior squad with an array of impressive performances at the age of 15.
And it seems that Europe's giants have already taken notice.
Vancouver outlet The Province reported on Sunday that Davies is on the radar of Manchester United and Liverpool, a few hours before the teenager earned his club's Man of the Match honors in the Whitecaps' 2-1 home loss to Seattle.
According to The Province's Marc Weber, Man United's North American scout was in attendance at Sunday's match to evaluate Davies. Weber went on to reveal that former Whitecaps defender Andy O'Brien is now a scout for Liverpool FC and happened to catch VWFC's two matches last week as well.
If the English heavyweights' interest in Davies is legitimate, it's further confirmation of the Edmonton, Alberta product's enormous talent. But it's unclear if or when he'd even be eligible for an overseas move.
Davies was born in Liberia, and emigrated to Canada at age 5 as his family sought refuge from the war-torn West African nation's violence and instability. Weber reports that he has yet to complete the process of attaining a Canadian passport and would appear to have no clear path to exemption from FIFA regulations that limit the movement of players before age 18.
Davies turned heads with his USL outings earlier this year and made his senior-team debut in Amway Canadian Championship action. He signed an MLS contract in July 2015 and that led to further opportunities in CONCACAF Champions League play and several substitute appearances in league matches, and he became the second-youngest player to start an MLS game (behind only Freddy Adu) when he got the nod vs. Colorado last week.