With a number of new players set to make their way into Anfield next season, Liverpool will lose a lot of young players from their academy come the end of the season.
Portuguese mid-fielder Joao Carlos Teixeira, who has not been able to break into the first team at Liverpool is said to be keen for a move away from the club for regular game time.
Teixeira’s contract ends in 2016, and his future at Liverpool is in serious doubt, despite making seven appearances in the red shirt this season.
The 23-year old started all the FA Cup games this season under Jurgen Klopp but with his contract expiring, Liverpool will lose the player if they do not act fast a give him a new deal.
This situation has alerted a number of suitable European clubs including Fiorentina who are understood to be very keen on a move for Teixeira.
Paulo Sousa, the current manager of the Italian club is familiar with the player who had a loan spell at Brighton last season. He joined the club in 2012 from Sporting U19s for around £1m but has never been able to make a break through into the senior squad.
Paulo Sousa used to work for Portugal’s U16s, for whom Teixeira made his first appearance just after, meaning the Fiorentina manager will have had to have kept an eye on him prior to then.
Having played in every age group since then, Teixeira is an experienced player but has not blossomed into a world class talent due to lack of constant game time.
This leaves the mid-fielder with no other option but to move away from the club and Fiorentina could be the new lease of life Texeira is looking for.
According to Calciomercato, the deal is ‘pretty much done’. The website revealed that the 23-year old will sign a 3 year deal with the Italian side in June. It also reported that Fiorentina should be thankful for Jorge Mendes for this move whose next project seems to be in Italy.
However, the move is not completely done as it is yet to be seen if Fiorentina are able to provide regular first team football for Teixeira. With lack of game time an issue, if the Italian club fail to put him straight into the first team, a loan deal is also possible.
It will be interesting to see however, whether Jurgen Klopp thinks that the Portuguese is excess to the clubs needs next season or whether he has him in his plans for the club for years to come.