Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Portuguese Youngster Paulo Alves – also known as Paulinho (Little Paul).
The deal was reported by Portuguese press, saying that the 17-year-old’s current club A.D. Sanjoanense have agreed the transfer with Liverpool after a recent trial at the club.
Paulinho has already agreed personal terms and undergone a medical and will join the club this summer.
The Liverpool Echo write that the midfielder is expected to start off next season at the Kirkby Academy but the hope is that he will prove his worth and make the leap to Melwood.
Alves will join up with compatriot Joao Carlos Teixeira on Merseyside. The 22-year-old impressed while out on loan at Brighton last season but suffered a broken leg last month, scuppering his hopes of impressing this pre-season.
Liverpool’s Academy currently boasts several highly-rated midfielders and many of them will be looking to impress when given the chance this pre-season. We ran the rule over Cameron Brannagan, Sheyi Ojo, Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson in the Reds’ under-21 game earlier this week.