Anfield deal all but done and dusted.
Liverpool are set to sign Charlton’s highly rated 18-year-old midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after the League One club gave them permission to hold talks.
Shelvey travelled to Merseyside on Tuesday and has already undergone a medical, with the Merseysiders set to pay an initial £1.7m fee.
The England youth international has made 48 appearances for the Addicks since making his debut aged just 16.
Shelvey has made 27 appearances this season as Charlton push for promotion.
A product of the academy at The Valley, he has been linked with several Premier League clubs since becoming the youngest ever first-team player to turn out for the south Londoners at the age of 16 years and 59 days.
The Romford-born player signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Charlton on his 17th birthday in 2009, with Addicks boss Phil Parkinson commenting: “He’s an excellent prospect – I haven’t seen a better 17-year-old in the country.” (BBC Sport)
Now in this day and age to net such a talent for this fee is remarkable. Sure there will be some add ons and increments we will have to pay in due course, but we are still talking about one hell of a bargain. Jonjo Shelvey is apparently a naturally gifted youngster who has already shown what he is capable of at Charlton.
I have seen him in action at the Valley a couple of times as a friend of mine is a Addicks season ticket holder and I have come down to London and seen him in action and he stood out amongst those on show even though he was on average ten years younger than anyone else out there.
Rafa has done fantastically well to get this deal done and I for one am looking forward to seeing what he can achieve. I know we beat off some serious competition for his signature. He can play as an out and out striker but does also play as an attacking midfielder and it will be interesting to see how Benitez shapes him.