Duncan completes €2m move to Fiorentina from Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool teenager Bobby Duncan has completed his €2 million (£1.8m/$2.2m) transfer to Fiorentina.The 18-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Serie A outfit, after Liverpool accepted an improved offer on Monday.Fiorentina had seen two loan offers for Duncan rejected by the Reds, who felt that a loan move without an obligation to buy – and with no penalty clauses should the player not feature for the first team – served no purpose. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Duncan had expressed his desire to leave Liverpool last month, and matters came to a head in an incendiary statement released on Twitter by Saif Rubie, his representative, last week.In it, Rubie accused Liverpool of “mentally bullying” and “destroying the life” of Duncan, and singled out sporting director Michael Edwards and Academy director Alex Inglethorpe for criticism. Duncan, he said, had been unable to leave his house due to stress, and would not be returning to the club in any circumstance.Liverpool issued a statement rebutting the claims, and said they would endeavour to find an acceptable resolution. That resolution came over the weekend as Fiorentina came back to the table with a permanent offer, with Liverpool insisting upon a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal.Interestingly, sources have told Goal that Rubie, who accompanied Duncan to Italy to undergo his medical on Monday, was not involved in the negotiations. Duncan’s registered agent is Rob Segal.The deal represents a significant profit for Liverpool, who paid just £200,000 to sign Duncan from Manchester City last July. The boyhood Red, whose cousin is Kop legend Steven Gerrard, enjoyed a prolific campaign with the under-18s, scoring 33 goals and helping Barry Lewtas’ side to FA Youth Cup glory – beating, ironically, City in the final in April.Duncan had already featured for Neil Critchley’s under-23 side, and spent pre-season with Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad. He scored in their opening friendly of the summer, a 6-0 win at Tranmere in July, describing it as “a dream come true” and featured on the club’s three-game tour of the USA later that month.Relations, though, have been strained, with Duncan dismayed by the rejection of the loan offers from Fiorentina, as well as one from Danish outfit FC Nordsjaelland. Finally though, on the last day of the summer window, he has got his transfer.last_img read more

World’s best Lewandowski & Gnabry annihilate Spurs

first_imgWatch out Europe. This is a Bayern Munich team with attacking class seeping from every pore. They humiliated Tottenham on the night, delivering a performance that – over the course of the season – will be unequalled.With Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski in tandem they have the firepower to demolish any side on the continent, something the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona would do well to note.From a stuttering start, Niko Kovac is now presiding over a killing machine, one that looks like scoring every time it comes forward. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career This is a Bayern Munich side replenished, reinvigorated, restocked and ready to ruin.Kovac, despite winning the Bundesliga in his first season in charge, bore the brunt of the criticism as Bayern slipped out of Europe against Liverpool in the last 16 stage. That was seen as unacceptable, but the club are back stronger for it.There is a menacing zip about the way they play. They have – predictably – stormed their way to the top of the German league but the real litmus test will be back on the continental stage.A matchday one demolition job of Red Star Belgrade preceded this visit to London. And it was in this game where Bayern demonstrated their awesome power.You will never see a team score seven better goals in the same game. Joshua Kimmich and Gnabry – two Germany internationals – were exemplary in taking their chances when they came.Kimmich’s three-touch equaliser from the edge of the box was made to look easy when it was anything but. Gnabry – once of this parish with Arsenal – provided Bayern with the breathing space they would ultimately need to get over the line.Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich 2019-20His first goal featured speed and control the likes of which is unavailable to most players in the world. The finish wasn’t bad either.His second owed plenty to the lightning-quick reflexes of World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso in robbing the ball off Harry Winks. Gnabry’s second was scored with his left foot, exemplifying his dexterity.The third – from a pass of the highest quality from Thiago – killed Spurs stone dead. It showed that not only is he a ball carrier, but also capable of darting in behind and over the top.The fourth, an elegant coup de grace.He was man of the match here thanks to his four-goal haul and is growing into a genuine world-class talent.But there has to be a special mention for Lewandowski, the man who gave Bayern the lead for the first time on the night and who hit the sixth.With Cristiano Ronaldo not his usual explosive self, Edinson Cavani injured more often than not, there is a real argument to be made that Lewandowski is now peerless in the No.9 position.His goals here were his 13th and 14th of the season – in only his 10th match. He has already scored 10 times in only six league games.There is much more to him than just goals, however, and his all-round game is something which Harry Kane at the other end would do well to study. The England captain can rattle in all the penalties he likes but he doesn’t come close to influencing – or orchestrating – a front line like Lewandowski can.Watch again the flick he puts over the head of Jan Vertonghen in the run-up to his goal right on the stroke of half time. Watch again how he senses a chance might come his way and how he ensures he will be in place to benefit.He takes the ball off the toe of a team-mate and, without looking, plonks the ball in Hugo Lloris’s bottom corner. World class.Tottenham Bayern Munich Lewandowski Champions League 10012019Lewandowski has been vocal about Bayern’s need to grow in ambition and outlook while clubs like Paris Saint-Germain are throwing around wads of money for players like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.He must have been satisfied to see players the calibre of Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard walk through the gates of Saebener Strasse this summer and Gnabry a couple of years before.So convinced of Bayern’s plans was he, in fact, that he signed a new contract until 2023 back in August. That could well prove to be Bayern’s most important signing of the season as they chase success again on three fronts.This was a significant challenge to overcome. Spurs were good on the night until their late capitulation; probably their best performance of the season. Their attacking combinations – among Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Tanguy Ndombele were working.They had the best of the first-half chances with Son scoring one and unfortunate not to add more. They initially tore into Bayern’s short game from the back until, gradually, the Germans wrested control.But once they got in charge they looked secure. A few more of these performances and they could be back to their familiar old selves. With Gnabry and Lewandowski leading the way, rule nothing out.last_img read more