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.
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]
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]
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.
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