Nigerian-born teenager Bobby Adekanye has announced his arrival as Liverpool’s latest summer signing.
The 16-year-old former Barcelona youth team player posted a picture of himself with a Liverpool background on Instagram on Thursday and wrote: “I’m very happy to sign for Liverpool.”
Adekanye, who is a left-sided forward, will play for the Liverpool Academy. He is described by the Liverpool Echo as ‘Skilful, left-footed and blessed with great pace, Adekanye has plenty of potential, and has been compared to Arjen Robben’.
He was born in Nigeria but was brought up in Holland after his parents moved to Amsterdam when he was four, and also has Spanish links.
He was available as a free agent after being caught up in a dispute between Barcelona and FIFA over the recruitment of youngsters to their highly-acclaimed La Masia Academy.
FIFA ruled that Adekanye was illegally signed from Ajax at the age of 11 in 2012 and he was banned from taking part in competitive games for Barcelona. As a result last season he was sent out on loan to PSV, who had hoped to make the transfer permanent.
Barcelona wanted him to stay in Holland until the row had been resolved but with no solution in sight the youngster has decided to cut his ties with the Catalan giants.