Liverpool have confirmed the arrival of 16-year-old attacking midfielder Harvey Elliott, after the record-breaking youngster’s deal with Fulham ended.
The teenager is also Fulham’s youngest-ever player, having made his first appearance in the League Cup at just 15 years and 174 days in 2018.
His emergence as one of English football’s most exciting prospects sparked interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and RB Leipzig, but Liverpool won the race.
The Reds have announced Elliott’s arrival following the expiry of his scholarship with Fulham, after he opted not to stay at Craven Cottage.
He is not eligible to sign a professional deal until he turns 17 in April of next year, but is able to make the switch to Merseyside after the end of the club’s transfer ban on academy players.
Fulham will be due a sizeable compensation fee, which is likely to be agreed between the two clubs.
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I am so happy to be able to announce that I have signed for @LiverpoolFC To have joined the club that I supported as a boy is a dream come true for me and all of my family and it’s an incredible feeling to now officially be able to call myself a Red! ? I can’t wait to get started and it will be a truly special feeling to pull the famous red jersey on. I’ll work as hard as I possibly can for the club and I feel Anfield is the perfect place for me to develop and progress as a player. #LFC #YNWA ??
Elliott’s move is the latest in a line of youth acquisitions at Liverpool this summer, with Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle for £1.3 million and goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski arriving from Legia Warsaw for around £200,000.
Northern Irish midfielder Conor Bradley finalised his move on July 9, signing a two-year deal as he prepares to join the under-18s.
Whether Elliott will join the under-18s, under-23s or even the first team remains to be seen.
But it is likely he spends time with Neil Critchley‘s U23s before making the step up to the senior squad if he proves himself.
In the shorter term, the club have confirmed he will be part of the travelling squad for the first-team’s training camp at Evian, as well as the friendly against Napoli in Edinburgh on Sunday.