Liverpool have fended off some stiff competition to sign the up and coming teenage star Harvey Elliott from Fulham.
The arrival of Elliott marks Liverpool’s second signing of the summer transfer window following their capture of 17-year-old defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle for €1.90m.
The Reds did have to work hard, though, to convince Elliott to head over to Anfield this summer. For his signature, they reportedly faced some surprise competition from Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig.
The sudden interest in the 16-year-old came after he made history last season in becoming the Premier League’s youngest debutant in a match for Fulham against Wolves back in May.
The midfielder, in fact, made his first-team debut last September in the EFL Cup aged just 15 years and 174 days. It made him Fulham’s youngest-ever debutant.
In total, Elliot ended up making a total of three appearances for the first-team. He’s also now a regular in the England U-17 national team.
Following their Premier League relegation, however, Fulham have lost the talented Elliott. It turns out he rejected a scholarship offer to continue at Craven Cottage, which alerted clubs from across all over Europe.
At 16, though, Elliott is not yet old enough to sign a professional contract. Therefore, he will take up a scholarship with Liverpool until he turns 17 and can sign a contract. As per league rules, the maximum length of the deal will be three years.
While the England U-17 international is technically a free agent, it’s likely Fulham will be well compensated by Liverpool for their loss.
The European champions confirmed their capture of Elliot on their website on Sunday morning. He will head straight into the matchday squad for this evening’s friendly against Napoli in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Elliott will also take part in the club’s pre-season training camp in Evian, France.