Liverpool have signed Ghanaian youngster Fatawu Issahaku ‘despite suggestions to the contrary’, according to Anfield Central.
17-year-old Issakahu was named Player of the Tournament after helping Ghana to win the 2021 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
Issahaku, who’s been playing for Steadfast FC in his homeland, scored two goals and showcased an ‘artistry of the ball’ (via CAF) and has been described as an ‘incredible’ dribbler with a ‘wicked left foot’.
James Pearce, Liverpool correspondent for The Athletic, tweeted earlier this week that suggestions Liverpool had signed Issahaku and loaned him to Portuguese outfit Sporting Libson were wide of the mark.
Pearce claimed that he has instead joined Sporting permanently, with the Reds ‘adamant that they have no involvement’.
A ‘senior source’ has now told Anfield Central that Liverpool have in fact made arrangements to sign the teenager.
It will apparently cost them just over €1million (£860,000) to do the deal.
He will ply his trade at Sporting ‘for as long as it takes him’ to secure a UK work permit, at which point he can head to Anfield.
Issahaku looks an outstanding talent, simply a class above his peers at youth level judging by a compilation recently released on Twitter (via Watch LFC).
If he is Liverpool-bound, then he could form part of the Reds’ next generation alongside the likes of Harvey Elliott.
Tellingly, another global footballing giant in Manchester United were also said to be after him. His exploits at the Under-20 AFCON tournament seem to have grabbed plenty of attention, so he’ll certainly be a name to keep an eye on over the coming years, assuming Anfield Central’s source is indeed correct.
In other news, fans bemoaned this update on a midfield target.
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