By Scott Taylor
Liverpool Football Club have announced that Diego Lattie has signed from Manchester City on a three-year contract. Lattie, 16, is a defender that primarily plays at right-back is also an England U17 youth international. After failing to sign a new deal at the Etihad, Lattie joins Liverpool after they won the race with fellow Premier League clubs Man United, Norwich, Stoke and Everton for his signature.
Lattie has reportedly been scouted by the Reds this season, and they were impressed with what they saw. He has been training with Liverpool’s U16s this season and will feature for Neil Critchley’s U18s in pre-season, just as summer signing Elijah Dixon-Bonner did this season.
Since Lattie’s current contract at Manchester CIty expired this summer, Liverpool avoided paying a compensation fee for the highly-rated youngster, who had yet to sign a professional contract at the Etihad.
The right-back is reportedly a Liverpool fan, and this may have been a factor in signing a contract with his boyhood club, rejecting offers from the afore mentioned clubs as well as Sunderland and Aston Villa.
The defender has represented England at both U16 and U17 level, and was part of the U16s side that won the Montaigu Tournament in April 2015. He has since gone on to make four appearances for the U17s. He leaves Manchester City after eight years at the club.