Fiorentina reportedly bid for Bobby Duncan over the weekend but the offer was a fraction of his worth.
The Liverpool Echo claim the offer was an initial one-year loan, with an option of £1.6m to make it permanent. That, quite honestly, is ridiculous.
The same report claims Liverpool rejected the offer ‘out of hand’ and rightly so. In truth, he’s worth at least ten times that.
Duncan scored 25 goals in his first academy season with Liverpool. That was with the under 18s and it earned him a promotion to the under 23s.
He very may well have the ability to break through to the first team one day. You hold onto players like that, of course, but it’s not that simple.
Duncan reportedly wants out, according to Sky Sports. A former teammate of Jadon Sancho, Duncan will know full well that you can play first-team football at 18.
Will he get that at Liverpool, though? He’s behind the first-choice front-three, Divock Origi, and Rhian Brewster. Brewster, a couple of years older, is yet to play for Liverpool, despite being in the first-team squad.
And so Liverpool should look at the likelihood of Duncan increasing his value. A loan could do it – Harry Wilson is worth far more now than he would have been after his loan to Derby County – and that’s possible. Fiorentina are offering a loan, technically.
Right now, Duncan is surely worth around £10m to Liverpool – nearly ten times the Fiorentina bid. He’s a bright, young talent and has enough potential to eventually make it at Liverpool that giving him up for less makes little sense.
Should a club offer that amount, it may be worth listening to – there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to develop fully at Anfield. But it’s not worth giving him up for less than a substantial amount and certainly not a paltry £1.6m.