5 Jul 2016

Offer Accepted: Liverpool agree surprise transfer for 'fantastic' winger who rejected Barca for LFC 'dream'

The Academy clearout continues! After the recent departures of Jordan Rossiter, Jerome Sinclair, Daniel Trickett-Smith, and Lawrence Vigoroux, Spanish attacker Sergi Canos is the latest youngster to end up on the Liverpool scrapheap.

In May, the Liverpool Echo reported:

"Sergi Canos [is] heading for a surprise exit after reaching a [contract] stalemate. A number of clubs are monitoring Canos, who is valued at £4m by LFC".

According to the BBC today:

"Norwich City have had a £2.5m bid accepted by Liverpool for winger Sergi Canos, who [will] become Norwich's first signing of the summer".

Canos - hailed by U21 coach Michael Beale as 'fantastic' - grabbed 10 goals/assists in 37 games for Brentford last season (one every 160 minutes), and in a recent interview, he waxed lyrical about playing for Liverpool next season:

“I want to show that I’m ready to play for Liverpool. When I was at Barca, I was like: ‘I hope one day I can work with Klopp’".

Canos rejected Barcelona to realise his 'dream' of playing for Liverpool, but he clearly didn't do enough last season to convince Klopp that he's 'ready' for the first team.

Given his obvious talent and potential, it's a little surprising that Liverpool are allowing Canos to leave, but, ultimately, it's probably for the best. With Ibe, Ojo, Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, and Mane in the squad (plus more attackers to possibly arrive this summer), it'll be hard for Canos to get regular game time, especially with the reduced fixture list.

Canos is a talented player, but the reality is that losing him won't make much difference to Liverpool's forward progress. After all, you can't miss what you never had, and the Spaniard has just ten minutes of game time to his name.

When it comes to regularly bringing players through to the first team, the Academy is (and always has been) a giant waste of time, but it's hard to argue with it's profitability this year. The sales of Rossiter, Sinclair, and Canos will generate £10m+ in transfer fees, which is a massive profit, and is probably enough to fund the Academy for another couple of years.


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