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Liverpool: Bobby Duncan move was best for all parties, insists Michael Edwards

Liverpool: Bobby Duncan move was best for all parties, insists Michael Edwards

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards felt that the decision to sell Bobby Duncan to Fiorentina was in the best interests of all parties involved.

The Independent reported that Edwards remained open to agreeing a deal for the striker despite the club publicly declaring their wishes to keep the player and, when an acceptable offer was made, he felt it was the right move for all parties.

Duncan completed his move to Fiorentina yesterday for a fee of £1.7m up front with a 20% sell-on clause, as reported by The Independent.

Last week, the Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds had no intention of selling the player, rejecting a £1.6m loan-to-buy offer from Fiorentina as well as a loan offer from Danish club Nordsjaelland.

Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie subsequently accused Liverpool of “mentally bullying” the player in a damning public statement, as reported by The Guardian.

Rubie added that his client had wanted to leave Anfield and had not left his room for four days due to the stress of Liverpool supposedly forcing him to stay at the club against his own will. [via The Guardian]

Liverpool responded to Rubie’s words with a statement condemning the “unfounded allegations” and “inaccurate speculation” about their treatment of Duncan, as reported by Sky Sports.

The 18-year-old striker impressed for Liverpool’s youth teams last season, scoring 25 goals in all competitions and helping them to win the FA Youth Cup.

He had featured in four of the Reds’ first-team pre-season friendlies, scoring in a 6-0 win at Tranmere, and travelled with the squad for their American tour in July.

However, he never played competitively for Liverpool’s first team and has yet to make a competitive appearance in senior football for any club. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]

The Reds had already trimmed several young forwards from their squad in recent weeks through loan moves for Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn, as well as the sale of Ryan Kent to Rangers.

All three of those players have experience of senior football, with Wilson scoring 18 times for Derby last season (and twice for Bournemouth so far this term), Woodburn making 11 first-team appearances for Liverpool and Kent scooping the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award for his displays on loan at Rangers in 2018/19.

If Jurgen Klopp found the more experienced trio of Wilson, Woodburn and Kent dispensable, with Champions League winners Divock Origi, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all ahead of him in the senior squad, Duncan was highly unlikely to get first-team minutes at Anfield this season.

By recouping a £1.7m transfer fee for a player who reportedly wanted to leave the club after never making a first-team appearance, Edwards seems to have executed a very astute piece of business for Liverpool.

Liverpool fans, do you agree with the decision to sell Duncan to Fiorentina? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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