Liverpool agree fee for 'young Deco'

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Liverpool have agreed a deal with Sporting CP for the signature of teenager Joao Carlos, it has been claimed.

According to The Guardian, Carlos came to the attention of Kenny Dalglish when he scored against a Liverpool side during the NextGen series earlier this season.

It is reported that Liverpool have paid close to £1 million in order to capture the 19-year-old from the Sporting academy, the same breeding ground of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Luis Nani.

Sporting had been reluctant to allow Carlos to leave the Estádio José Alvalade but, such are their financial difficulties, decided to accept the proposal tabled by Liverpool.

A creative midfielder, Carlos has been likened to a young version of former Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Deco, and completing his signing would appear to be quite a coup for Liverpool.

Liverpool have made a concerted effort to invest in youth of late, and Carlos will follow the likes of Marc Pelosi and Seyi Ojo by moving to Anfield.

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