New claims from Portugal add confusion to £ 1.5million deal with Liverpool – Liverpool FC
Liverpool have reportedly signed 17-year-old Ghana striker Abdul Fatawu Issahaku on a contract worth £ 1.5million, but it is now claimed that he has, in fact, moved elsewhere.
Fatawu Issahaku has been linked with a move to Merseyside over the past month, and earlier in June it was reported that he had agreed to a possible transfer to Anfield.
However, given that he is only 17 years old, it was later claimed that an agreement had been made with Sporting CP to loan the Ghanaian international until he was eligible for a work permit. UK.
Earlier this week, owner of Fatawu Issahaku club Steadfast FC, Haruna Iddrisu, revealed that he had made “over a million euros” by negotiating the youngster’s “move abroad”.
It was assumed, based on reports in his native Ghana, that this was to join Liverpool – but now the Portuguese publication Record claim he moved to Sporting instead on a permanent basis.
Record specifically write that Fatawu Issahaku “is coming for the B team on a permanent basis and not on loan from Liverpool”.
This, of course, contradicts reports in Ghana and also to First Time Finish, which spoke to sources close to Steadfast FC and indicated that he “will likely join Liverpool on their 18th birthday – but the deal does not ‘is not yet concluded “.
First Time Finish spoke to Steadfast FC’s communications director Musah Abdul-Rahim, who suggests their information is coming from inside the club.
Nonetheless, this is clearly a story Liverpool and their supporters should be wary of – especially as Iddrisu has spoken of his desire to better market football in Ghana and secure sponsorship deals.
The Reds’ reported interest in Fatawu Issahaku had previously been denied by the Echo of Liverpool, although conflicting claims cast doubt on their connection.
It has been suggested that Bayer Leverkusen have pulled out of a move for the teenager due to their belief that their agent had used Liverpool’s name as leverage in negotiations, which could be another red flag.
This may still have been the case in discussions with Sporting CP, as claims for a potential loan were simply confused.
Michael Edwards is a notoriously difficult negotiator, and given that Fatawu Issahaku is far from a household name capable of immediately grabbing a prime role in Jurgen Klopp’s squad, he’s very unlikely to tolerate a situation. also messy.
But it’s still a story to watch, because if the Ghanaian does eventually join the Reds, he looks like a very interesting talent going forward.