3 Aug 2015

Done Deal #8: After £77m transfer bonanza, Liverpool sign exciting South-American attacker

After spending £77m already this summer, Liverpool's transfer business appeared to be over, but over the weekend, the club officially confirmed the signing of yet another midfielder.

In July, The Times reported:

"Liverpool hoping to sign Allan Rodrigues de Souza [aka 'Allan'] an 18 year old midfielder, for £500,000 from Brazilian club Internacional. [Transfer] Talks to bring the player [Allan] from Porto Alegre to Anfield are under way"

Allan was then pictured training alongside Coutinho and Firmino:

Then, on Saturday, the following message appeared on Liverpool's official twitter account:

“LFC have secured Allan for the future and he’s currently spending time with the Reds with the permission of his club, Internacional.”

Liverpool have already spent £77m this summer, and according to the Liverpool Echo:

* The transfer fee is a (comparatively) modest £500k.

* Allan will join the club's academy, with first-team action 'some way off'.

* A loan spell later this season is 'possible'.

Some further information about Allan:

* Attacking midfielder, who can play centrally, or as a number 10.

* Captain of SC Internacional's U18 team.

* Jan 2015: Featured at the Frenz International Cup (FIC) held in Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur earlier this year, where he reportedly 'impressed' Liverpool coaches.

* Jan 2015: Scored a 40-yard wondergoal for Internacional in the semi-final of the FIC Cup, which sealed the club's advancement to the final.

* After the SF, Allan told Dunia Sukan online: “It will be fatal if we underestimate our opponents. We had very tough matches along the way [and] we will be very serious once on the field.”

* Allan went on to the lead the team to a 3-2 victory over Estudiantes in the final.

I just have one question: How long before Rodgers labels him one or more of the following: outstanding, amazing, brilliant, wonderful, brilliant or, terrific.

I give it one month. After all, it only took three weeks for Rodgers to claim that Joe Gomez is 'outstanding', so I'm probably in the right ball-park.

Author: Jaimie K


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