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Bobby Adekanye announces move to Liverpool on Instagram

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Bobby Adekanye has confirmed his move to Liverpool, following his departure from Barcelona, with a post on Instagram.

The 16-year-old posted a picture of himself behind a Liverpool desk - possibly at Melwood, Liverpool’s training ground, or even Anfield - alongside the caption: “I am very happy to sign for Liverpool”.

Catalunya Radio reported this week that Adekanye was destined to join the Merseyside outfit following his decision to leave La Masia, and the Reds have acted swiftly to conclude the deal.

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The Dutch-Nigerian winger was one of several youngsters affected by FIFA’s punishment handed to Barcelona, who were found guilty of breaking rules on signing international player under the age of 18, back in April 2014.

Adekanye spent time on loan with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven but has grown tired of waiting for the situation at Barcelona to be resolved.

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Liverpool will not pay a fee for Adekanye

The talented winger leaves Barcelona with their best wishes - the Catalan giants will not ask Liverpool to pay a compensation fee because they want to thank the teenager for the patience he has shown under such difficult circumstances.

Adekanye may have also decided to leave Barcelona for Liverpool knowing his chances at the Camp Nou would have been extremely limited. There was also the possibility he would not quite make the grade.

No player in world football is currently breaking up the hugely-successful triumvirate comprised of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Furthermore, other young players were ahead of Adekanye in the Barcelona pecking order, including the 19-year-old Adama Traore.

That Gerard Deulofeu, arguably the most promising La Masia product since Lionel Messi, was forced to swap Barcelona for Everton shows precisely how difficult it is to break into Luis Enrique’s treble-winning side at this moment in time.

Raheem Sterling comparisons

At Liverpool, he will have a much better chance of forcing his way into Brendan Rodgers’ plans, particularly if Raheem Sterling leaves Anfield this summer.

There are similarities between Adekanye and Sterling, who is expected to complete his big-money move to Manchester City over the forthcoming weeks, and perhaps this was one of the reasons why Rodgers sanctioned a deal for the left-footed winger.

Capable of playing on either flank - and blessed with pace and trickery - Adekanye is certainly one to keep an eye on over the next few years.

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