Joao Carlos on way to Anfield.
Liverpool have completed the signing of Joao Carlos from Sporting Lisbon, claim Portuguese newspaper Record.
The 19 year-old shone in a meeting between the Reds and the Primeira Liga team’s youth sides earlier this campaign.
They met in the inaugural season of the NextGen Series, a new tournament to showcase the finest young players in the world, and the fact that Joao Carlos scored against Liverpool seems to have earned him a permanent move.
Carlos has been likened in playing style to the Brazilian born former Portugal international playmaker Deco, and although Deco’s languid flair made him something of a liability defensively in the latter stages of his career in the Premier League, his ability was never in doubt.
If Joao Carlos is half as creative and talented as Deco, he could be a tremendous signing, and after attempting to buy finished products for much of the FSG ownership, it now appears that they are looking to the future.
Carlos is thought to have cost somewhere between £850,000 and £1m up front, and clauses will likely come in depending on appearances and achievements.
At 19, it should not be long before Carlos is ready to make the step up to regular first team football.
One would hope that Liverpool have judged him across a range of appearances rather than one impressive game against their youth side.