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Liverpool have completed the signing of 16-year-old Celta Vigo defender Stefan Bajcetic, surpassing Manchester United in his signing in the process.
The young man had been tipped to move to Old Trafford, with recent reports suggesting that negotiations were underway between United and the teenager ahead of a possible move in January.
However, Athletic report that Liverpool have been working “around the clock” to secure a move for the teenager, and have now sealed the deal that, importantly, was made before January 1, when new Brexit regulations come into effect. vigor.
The Merseyside team was understood to have been following Bajcetic’s progress since 2019, with a fee of € 250,000 (£ 224,000) now agreed upon for the young central defender.
With both Premier League giants vying for the Celta de Vigo player’s signature, he understood that he had chosen to move to Liverpool on the grounds that several members of the club’s academy staff were involved in the discussions, including the director of Academy Alex Inglethorpe, Academy Assistant Director Nick Marshall and U23 Coach Barry Lewtas.
Liverpool is also understood to have completed the signing of Birmingham City left-back Calum Scanlon. England’s U-15 international is believed to be costing the Reds a £ 500,000 fee as they look to bolster their academy ranks.
The young man took to Instagram to express his joy at having signed for the Premier League champions, writing the following message: “Happy to sign with Liverpool FC. A big thank you to the BCFC and everyone who has helped me progress to this point , but as of today I start a new chapter. The hard work continues, let’s go! “
This season’s defensive injury crisis has Klopp turning to several of his youth players, including Nathaniel Phillips and Neco Williams.
Both have been tasked with filling the first team’s starting eleven at times with some key players discarded through injury, and Klopp is clearly eager to have more options available to him in the years to come.