Sources: Edwards negotiating sale of Liverpool dazzler for big profit as bid submitted
By Wayne Veysey and Pete O’Rourke
Liverpool director of football Michael Edwards is negotiating the sale of Bobby Duncan after Fiorentina submitted a buy-to-loan offer worth more than £1million, Football Insider can reveal.
The striker, 18, is wanted by the Serie A big hitters as they try to secure a deal before the transfer window in Italy shuts next Monday.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the bid from Fiorentina is a made up of an initial loan with a £1million-plus obligation at the end of the season.
Football Insider revealed earlier today that Duncan has been left out of the Liverpool Under-23s squad for their clash with Southampton tonight amid talks over joining Fiorentina.
The rising star, who is the cousin of Anfield icon Steven Gerrard, joined Liverpool for a bargain fee of £200,000 last summer after running down his contract at Manchester City.
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He made a big impact for the club’s Under-18s last season, forming a potent partnership with Paul Glatzel as he netted 23 times in 26 appearances.
Duncan has subsequently been promoted to the Under-23s and would have been in the squad for the Premier League 2 clash at Southampton tonight were he not in talks to join Fiorentina.
The teenager has a glittering track record at age-group level for club and country, and has suitors beating a path to Liverpool’s youth-team games to see him in action.
He became the first England player to score a hat-trick against Brazil at any level two summers ago when he ran amok in an England Under-16 international.
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