Liverpool have announced the signing of Portuguese youth international midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira.
Teixeira, 19, arrives from Sporting Lisbon, for a fee believed to be around £850,000.
The Liverpool ECHO report:
He had been on Liverpool’s radar since his stunning performance against them in the NextGen Series match at Anfield back in August.
Teixeira, who has been compared to former Portugal international Deco, opened the scoring that night with a wonderfully crafted goal in front of the Kop and since then club scouts have been tracking his progress.
He hasn’t made a first team appearance for Sporting but has trained with their senior squad this season.
Sporting’s financial problems explain their willingness to part company with the talented teenager.
Teixeira is the latest in a long line of exciting youngsters to emerge from Sporting’s Academy. The Portuguese outfit have also developed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Nani.
Watch Teixeira in action against Liverpool in the NextGen series: