Liverpool set to sign Bobby Adekanye

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Liverpool are poised to sign Bobby Adekanye after the Dutch-Nigerian winger decided to leave the Barcelona academy.

This is according to Catalunya Radio - and brought to our attention by Spanish newspaper Sport - who understand the 16-year-old has left La Masia after his Barcelona career was effectively brought to a standstill by FIFA.

Adekanye was one of several Barcelona youngsters affected by FIFA’s punishment handed to the Catalan giants, who were found guilty of breaking rules on signing international players under the age of 18, back in April 2014.


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The teenager has spent time with PSV Eindhoven on loan, waiting for a solution to FIFA’s sanction, but has grown tired of waiting.

Liverpool are now set to take the youngster to Anfield and will not be asked to pay any compensation to Barcelona, who want to thank the teenager for the patience he has shown under such difficult circumstances.

Adekanye is right to leave Barcelona

Adekanye, who spent time with Ajax before joining Barcelona in 2011, would have been eligible to play for Luis Enrique’s side from January onwards - but has decided, perhaps wisely, to forge a new career for himself away from the Camp Nou.

In reality, there was very little chance of Adekanye forcing his way into Enrique’s plans in the coming seasons - there is simply too much competition for places at the Camp Nou and other youngsters are ahead of him in the queue for a first-team spot.

One of those players on the fringes of the Barcelona first team is the 19-year-old winger Adama Traore, who is rated highly by coaches at the Camp Nou.

Adekanye will follow in the footsteps of Gerard Deulofeu by swapping Barcelona for Merseyside - albeit for the red half, rather than blue.

The next Raheem Sterling?

As the embedded YouTube video shows - a compilation of footage from his time at PSV - Adekanye is an exciting left-footed winger blessed with plenty of pace and trickery.

Capable of playing on either flank, the 16-year-old - who was born in February 1999 - could potentially be a long-term replacement for Raheem Sterling.

It’s still very early to tell how far Adekanye will progress during his career, but the fact he was picked up by Barcelona at the age of 12 and is now being signed by Liverpool is enough prove that this is a younger player with bags of potential.

Liverpool fans: are you excited from what you’ve seen and heard of Bobby Adekanye? Are there any similarities with Raheem Sterling? Have your say in the comments below!

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