By James Miller – @JimmyMiller2608
Liverpool starlet Bobby Duncan has completed a move to Italian side Fiorentina, signing an initial three-year-deal.
Amid speculation fuelled by the players agent suggesting that the club have held the player against his will, the highly-rated teenager has secured his move away from Merseyside.
After these outrageous reports emerged surrounding the player, Jürgen Klopp issued his thoughts on the situation. The German claimed via Sky Sports that the club are “sensitive” with regards to their younger prospects and “really care” about Duncan as a person.
Whilst having featured during the Reds’ pre-season schedule, Duncan is said to have been frustrated at Liverpool’s unwillingness to listen to offers for his services. The club had initially rebuffed loan offers from both Fiorentina and Denmark’s FC Nordsjaelland.
Latest development’s though have seen the Reds agree a £2million deal with the Italians, who were Duncan’s first-choice destination. There is no doubt that a feeling of injustice will surround Liverpool, having provided the teenager will a solid platform to develop since he signed from Manchester City.
The young cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, he enjoyed a fine season for the Reds’ development squad last term, netting 25 times. Intense speculation has suggested that the deal will feature a 20% future sell on clause.
Following the emergence of several young talents abroad, most notably Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund, it now appears that Duncan will be the next to have the opportunity to make the step and test his ability.
The player and his agent Saif Rubie flew to complete formalities on a deal and undergo a medical, before eventually signing a deal which has potential to last up to five years.
Duncan leaves the club having failed to feature in a competitive first team fixture, but he did manage to score his a goal for the senior side. The 18-year-old was on the score sheet as Klopp’s men swept Tranmere Rovers aside in a friendly.
It is quite clear from his superb goal-scoring return at youth level that Duncan may well achieve great things during his time at Fiorentina but, with a clear desire to leave the club, a potential stay never seemed suitable.
Still only a teenager, Duncan has gained a respectable amount of experience already in his career, featuring regularly for the U18’s and has also been among the U23’s while training often with the European Champions’ first-team set-up. He is also no stranger to the international games, having played for England at youth level.
With the expectation certainly high for Duncan it may well turn out to be one that got away for the Reds. However, having secured a sell on clause in the contract it may well be the best the club could do in a tricky situation.