Former Barcelona wonderkid Bobby Adekanye has confirmed that he is Liverpool’s seventh signing of the summer, reports the Daily Mirror.
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The 16-year-old took to Instagram once the deal was done, proclaiming that he is ‘very happy’ to have signed for the Reds.
The Merseyside club have beaten off both PSV Eindhoven and Ajax to sign the teenager, who is now their seventh arrival in the transfer window. James Milner, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne, and Adam Bogdan are already at Anfield.
Unlike some of those players, Adekanye is unlikely to make an impact from the start of next season. His move could be much like current contract rebel Raheem Sterling’s move who joined the side in 2012, but only became a regular player in 2014.
Brendan Rodgers was able to sign the youngster due to Barcelona’s transfer ban.
The Catalan club’s problems with FIFA over their recruitment of youngsters meant that Adekanye was available as a free agent. The governing body ruled that the Blaugranas signed him illegally from Ajax in 2011, and he was banned from playing competitive games for the side. This let the Reds get him for nothing, despite Barca wanting to keep the player.