By Scott Taylor
Paulo Alves is set to be Liverpool’s first transfer signing of the summer. The midfielder, 17, currently plays for A.D. Sanjoanense in Portugal’s third division. Liverpool are in agreement with the club to sign their promising youngster and then loan him back across Europe.
He will finish the current league campaign will Sanjoanense, who currently sit sixth in the league, before linking with Brendan Rodgers’ side in pre-season, making him available for the Reds’ Under-21 and Under-18s games next season.
The midfielder has made four starts this season, with eight substitute appearances on top of that so far this season, but has failed to find the net in his 12 appearances. Alves used to play for Porto as a youngster, and the move to Liverpool may have come about because the former Porto coach Pep Lijnders is now on the coaching staff in Merseyside.
Alves, nicknamed ‘Paulinho’, will join fellow Portguese youth internatioanls Joao Teixeira, Tiago Ilori and Toni Gomes who are currently at Melwood. His current side released a statement on their website saying that the Reds were impressed with him when he went on trial there in December, and the deal will be complete in the next few days.
It read: “Sanjoanense informs that, after many months of negotiations, they have reached an agreement with Liverpool for the transfer, outright, of Paulo Alves. The agreement comes after a period of testing at the legendary English club, which met the expectations of his parents. It should be formalised in the coming days, with the player allowed to travel to Liverpool in the company of his father.”
The formalities involve the young midfielder completing a medical at Melwood before putting pen to paper on a new deal if the player passes his medical examination.