For the last couple of months, a story has been bubbling under the surface in Italy: Bobby Adekanye’s future.
The Liverpool winger, who has made it clear he’ll be leaving Anfield in the summer in search of more first-team opportunities elsewhere, has been in talks with Lazio, who are keen to sign him on a free.
Despite a number of meetings, the 20-year-old’s future is still a mystery, but we could be close to an announcement, according to the player’s agent.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, the representative said: “Adekanye still hasn’t decided on his future, but we are close to an agreement. You’ll know in the next few weeks.”
As for whether Lazio were one of the teams the Liverpool forward was considering, he added: “They showed interest and a good project for Bobby. Contacts started a bit over a month ago. He’s very interested in playing in Italy, very happy about Lazio’s interest and the possibility of playing there.
“Bobby decided to not continue at Liverpool because he wants to play somewhere he can grow and show his worth at a high level. Lazio is the perfect place to do it. They have experience with youngsters, they give them a chance, and they know how to get them to a successful level.”
These factors, the agent pointed out, certainly all play in the Serie A club’s favour before going on to criticise the lack of opportunities youngsters were getting at Liverpool.
Arriving from Barca’s U17s in 2015, Adekanye has never featured for the Reds’ first-team, with Transfermarkt recording 54 appearances for the club’s different youth levels, scoring eight goals and picking up eight assists.