Liverpool have agreed to sell teenage striker Bobby Duncan to Fiorentina for £1.9 million (€2 million).
Duncan, the 18 year old first cousin of Steven Gerrard, had been in dispute with the Anfield side over his desire to leave Merseyside in search of first-team football, having been linked with a loan move to Danish side Nordsjælland. They, for their part, had refused to sanction a deal arguing that his future development was best served with them.
The row escalated when his agent then accused the club of causing him mental stress, vowing that the player would never go back to Liverpool again.
Faced with this situation, and preferring to put the whole matter behind them, Liverpool have decided that it is best to let Duncan leave, rather than trying to reconcile an unhappy player back into the fold.
They have, however, tried to protect the value of their investment in the player, by inserting a 20% sell-on fee clause in the contract with Fiorentina. And they also exacted a measure of revenge on the agent who caused them so much grief with his allegations, Saif Rubie, by cutting him out of the final deal with the Serie A club altogether.
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