Liverpool sign Madger Antonio Gomes Aju

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Liverpool have completed the signing of promising youngster Madger Antonio Gomes Aju from Villarreal, reports The Daily Star.

Gomes Aju is a 17-year-old attacker who has already been likened to the imperious legend Luis Figo, who lit up La Liga with both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the 1990's and early 200's.

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Contract talks

Brendan Rodgers is a firm admirer of the teenager and had scouts check over him during Villarreal B games last season. When it became apparent Gomes Aju was struggling to agree a contract extension with the Spanish club, the Liverpool manager took advantage.

Gomes Aju still had a year left on his youth contract with Villarreal, but rules in Spain, which differ from those England, allowed Liverpool to swoop in. They will pay a minimal compensation fee.

Tweet delight

The promising youngster took to Twitter to discuss his delight at making the switch to Anfield.

Including a picture of him in his new training kit, Gomes Aju said: "So proud to be a part of the @LFC club! Now It's time to keep working hard! Thanks everyone for your messages."

Gomes Aju will wear the No.64 shirt and is likely to go straight into the Under-21 set up.

Spending spree

The signing of the promising youngster goes against the grain Rodgers set with his lavish spending this summer. Established stars like Mario Balotelli, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert, Javier Manquillo, Rickie Lambert, Alberto Moreno and Dejan Lovren all made the move to Anfield amongst others in a spending spree costing over £100 million.

Divock Origi was one of few prospects to join Liverpool, but even he was loaned back to Ligue 1 outfit Lille. Kevin Stewart was also snapped up on a free after he was released Tottenham Hotspur.

That spending spree was in part funded by the club's return to the Champions League, but also through the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan was a star player for Liverpool last season but, after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, Rodgers decided to cash in on the controversial figure.

Having beaten Tottenham 3-0 at White Hart Lane last weekend, the signs are encouraging that the sale of Suarez will not affect their chances of making the top four or challenging for honours.

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