Liverpool have agreed terms to sign Colombian teenager Anderson Arroyo, according to a report.
World Football Index claims that Fortaleza full-back Arroyo, 18, has agreed to join the Reds after a successful trial period in 2016 that saw him take part in a tour of Germany.
It is understood that the Merseyside club have now decided to sign Arroyo but he is unable to quality for a work permit, so the emphatic decision has been made to loan him out to Spanish club Mallorca in order for him to continue his development and work towards earning a work permit, which may take two years.
Arroyo has been playing for Colombian second-tier side Fortaleza while also featuring for his country’s Under-20s side
The speed demon, known for his rapid pace, was not the only South American on trial with Liverpool in 2016 as Ecuadorian centre-back Mauricio ‘Josue’ Quiñónez was also with him.
Football Insider verdict
Arroyo’s signing is definitely one for the future and it is clear that Liverpool have been keeping close tabs on him for some time. He may be 20-years-old before he gets the chance to play in England but a couple of years with Mallorca will do him the world of good. That move will ease him into European football in a climate that he is more used to and with fellow Spanish-speakers. Liverpool have a lot of great talent in their youth teams but it will not hurt to add some South American flavour to that. Arroyo is a blisteringly quick full-back and will be perfect to fit Jurgen Klopp’s system down the line.