Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan could be heading to Serie A in Italy as the club’s director of football Michael Edwards is negotiating a potential transfer.
Football Insider reported that Edwards is in talks with Fiorentina about a move for the player, who is the subject of a buy-to-loan offer worth more than £10m.
According to Football Insider, the Italian club will take the 18-year-old on loan for the 2019/20 campaign, with a £10m-plus obligation to purchase at the end of the season.
Football Insider added that Fiorentina are keen to finalise the deal before the end of the Serie A transfer window next Monday.
Duncan was one of the stars of Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup-winning side last season, scoring in the final as the Reds defeated Manchester City on penalties and netting 25 times all competitions for the under-18 side.
However, he has since returned to the Reds’ under-23 side, for whom he has made three appearances without scoring in the early weeks of the season.
Football Insider reported that he was left out of their squad for last night’s 4-2 win over Southampton amid interest from Fiorentina, a first victory of the season for Neil Critchley’s team.
According to the Daily Mail, Duncan had been concerned about his prospects of making it at Liverpool under Klopp, and with the Reds allowing fellow attacker Harry Wilson to leave on loan despite scoring 18 goals for Derby last season, the teenager’s chances of first team action at Anfield this term appear extremely slim.
If he goes to Fiorentina, Duncan will not be the first ex-Liverpool forward to try his luck in Italy after failing to establish himself at Anfield. Suso scored just once in 21 first team appearances for the Reds before joining AC Milan in 2015, for whom he has since netted 23 times in 137 games (0.17 goals per game).
Since beginning his current role in November 2016, Edwards has a track record of attracting generous fees for fringe players at Liverpool.
Danny Ings was sold for £20m having scored just four times in 25 appearances, Dominic Solanke went for £19m after only one goal in 27 games and the Reds got £12.5m for goalkeeper Danny Ward, who played only three times for the first team and conceded six goals.
Liverpool should try to include a buyback clause in any possible deal with Fiorentina in case Duncan repeats his youth scoring record at senior level, but at this moment, £10m for someone who has never played a competitive first team game seems like great business for the Anfield club.
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