12 Jul 2016

Deal Close: Liverpool seal '4-year' transfer for 'fantastic' attacker who rejected Barca. Announcement 'tomorrow'

Earlier this month, Liverpool reportedly agreed a deal to sell exciting winger Sergi Canos to Norwich City, and according to new reports today, the deal is done, and will be announced on Wednesday.

On July 4th, the BBC claimed:

"Norwich City have had a bid accepted by Liverpool for winger Sergi Canos".

According to Independent journo Jack Pitt-Brooke today:

"Norwich win the race to sign Sergi Canos from Liverpool. Four-year deal agreed today. Announced tomorrow. The fee is £2.5m. Bristol City, Brentford and Fulham made offers but Canos chose Norwich".

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 to convince Klopp that he's 'ready' for the first team. Given his talent and potential, it's a little disappointing that Liverpool are allowing Canos to leave, but it's probably for the best.

With 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.

After last season's abject failure to qualify for Europe, Liverpool's squad is clearly too big, and needs to be trimmed; Canos (along with Ibe, Vigoroux, Sinclair, Rossiter etc) is just the latest victim of the squad pruning currently being undertaken at Anfield.


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