By Wayne Veysey and Pete O’Rourke
Liverpool have told Bobby Duncan he is free to find a new club today in a bid to bring to an end their unsavoury breakdown in relations, Football Insider can reveal.
The striker, 18, is hopeful of completing a permanent move to Fiorentina after being granted permission to hold talks with the club today over a £1.8million move ahead of the Serie A window shutting tonight.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club believe it is best for all parties that Duncan leaves after little more than a year amid fears his presence at the club and in the Under-23s could affect dressing room harmony.
Football Insider revealed last week that Duncan has pulled out of the Liverpool Under-23s squad for their clash with Southampton amid talks over joining Fiorentina.
Duncan’s agent, Saif Rubie, accused Liverpool of holding the youngster against his will and “mentally bullying” him by refusing to let him leave on loan.
Liverpool denied the accusations as they attempted to cool tensions but the rising star, who is the cousin of Anfield icon Steven Gerrard, has made it clear he wants to leave little more than a year after joining from Manchester City for £200,000.
The Merseyside giants are aware how Duncan’s unhappiness could negatively affect another young players in the Under-23s set-up over the course of the season.
The teenager has a glittering track record at age-group level for club and country, and scored 23 times in 26 matches for Liverpool Under-18s last season.
He became the first England player to score a hat-trick against Brazil at any level two summers ago in an England Under-16 international.
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