Liverpool have signed highly-rated youngster Bobby Duncan after a long standoff with Manchester City for a fee of £200,000.
While there is no doubt that Liverpool fans will be speaking more about the impending arrival of both Naby Keïta and Fabinho, it must be said that the club has pulled off another bit of great business.
The capture of 16-year-old Bobby Duncan is a massive one for the Academy and potentially for the first team in a few years. The young striker joins Liverpool from Manchester City after a difficult standoff with the Citizen.
According to the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce, Duncan will join Liverpool for pre-season on the 2nd of July and it’s “the realisation of a dream” for the forward, who is a boyhood fan of the Reds.
Apparently, Duncan rejected the likes of Tottenham, Juventus, Monaco and Roma because, as a boy from Huyton, he was set on a move to Anfield.
He has been left in the lurch since August after turning down a lucrative deal from Manchester City, feeling that his progress there was blocked.
The Premier League continued to hold his registration after Duncan rejected a contract offer and he couldn’t join Liverpool last summer due to the transfer ban on signing players from English academies.
Left without a club, the youngster trained with Wigan Athletic and, under Paul Cook, he played in behind closed doors games to keep fit and ensure his development continued.
Despite not having a club, he was still selected to play for the England U17s by Steve Cooper and made it to the semi-finals of last month’s UEFA U17 European Championships.
During the 2015/16 season, he scored an incredible 66 goals for City and scored a hattrick against Brazil to become the first English player to do so at U16 level.
“When I heard that it had never been done before against Brazil, I was buzzing. It was an unbelievable feeling,” Duncan told the ECHO.
“I’ve broken a lot of records in my life but nothing as big as that. I thought about the likes of Shearer, Gerrard, Owen and Fowler – all big players who have come up through the England junior ranks.
“It had never been done before and to think that some kid from Huyton has now done it is amazing. Both sets of players signed the match ball for me and I’ll always treasure that.”
While Duncan will not excite as much as Keïta or Fabinho, and that is understandable, the young forward is prolific and with many years ahead of him, he has a very bright future and tracking his progress at Liverpool will be fascinating.