As per Football Insider, Liverpool are on the verge of completing the signing of Celtic youngster Ben Doak, with just the paperwork left to finalise.
The lowdown: Two in?
The capture of the 16-year-old sensation has been widely reported but is yet to be confirmed by the club as assistant sporting director Julian Ward prepares to take over the chief recruitment role from Michael Edwards this summer.
Having failed to seal the capture of Fabio Carvalho in the final hours of the January transfer window, the Reds are believed to have wrapped up the deal for the Fulham playmaker, with the reliable James Pearce suggesting a deal for the Portuguese starlet is as good as done.
Now, it seems as though the Anfield club are set to clinch another exciting young talent.
The verdict: FI delivers fresh update
According to Football Insider’s Liverpool source, a deal for Doak is ‘nearly in place and the paperwork is set to be completed soon’ ahead of the summer transfer window.
The report also claims that Liverpool will pay around £600,000 in compensation for the teenager who made a senior debut for Celtic earlier this season before featuring in a 3-0 rout over Rangers.
Capped ten times by Scotland at youth level, Doak is expected to sign an initial three-year deal at Anfield until 2025.
The verdict: Planning for the future
Whilst Jurgen Klopp’s side continue to flourish in the here and now, there has certainly been a concentrated effort to prepare for the next generation of Liverpool stars in recent months.
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Captures such as Carvalho and Doak should hopefully follow in the footsteps of the likes of Harvey Elliott and Kaide Gordon, both of whom arrived on Merseyside as hot prospects and have since enjoyed senior exposure.
Labelled as ‘fantastic’ by Ange Postecoglou, Liverpool saw off interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester City to land the Scottish teenager and will no doubt be relishing the chance to see their efforts rewarded in the academy setup and beyond.
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