Fiorentina have made an offer to loan Liverpool forward Bobby Duncan, according to Sky Sports.
The teenager, who is the cousin of Reds legend Steven Gerrard, was signed from Manchester City last summer and has impressed in the Liverpool youth setup – including scoring a goal against his former club in the FA Youth Cup Final. He featured in the first team during pre-season, scoring in the victory Tranmere Rovers.
It was reported on Tuesday by ComeOn that the club rejected a loan offer from FC Nordsjælland, but a move to Serie A would see an opportunity for the youngster to gain experience at a higher level and might be more appealing.
One potential sticking point is that it’s reported Fiorentina want an option to buy as part of the deal. Duncan – who scored 25 goals for the U18s last season – is highly rated and expected to have a future in the first team at Anfield.
“These boys are our future if they want to be our future but this pre-season is, for them, exciting of course,” said Jurgen Klopp in June, speaking about Duncan and U18 captain Paul Glatzel.
“When you are already in the club then the door is always open for you to the first team: the thing is you have to go through by yourself.”
It remains to be seen whether a move to Italy will materialise, but most likely the option to buy will have to be shelved if the deal is to proceed.