Bobby Duncan had chance to sign for Liverpool direct Premier League rivals

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Bobby Duncan rejected the opportunity to join Manchester United before signing for Serie A side Fiorentina because Bobby ‘did not want to betray Liverpool’, it has been stated.

Teenage prodigy Duncan, the cousin of Reds icon Steven Gerrard, completed a £1.8 million transfer to Italian club Fiorentina the previous week after his entourage claimed he was being ‘bullied’ at Liverpool.

Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito, who helped secure Bobby’s move, says the player rejected Manchester United before agreeing on a deal with La Viola.

Vincenzo told Sportsmail: ‘It all started in April. Saif Rubie [Duncan’s agent] contacted me and we set to work to find new accommodation for Bobby.’

‘The boy did not want to betray Liverpool and said no to Manchester United who insisted so much with him.’

The 18-year-old ace decided to leave the Reds amid claims the Premier League outfit were ‘damaging his mental health’.

Vincenzo has high hopes for Bobby in Italy and says he may follow in the footsteps of Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba.

He added. ‘He may be the new Italian Pogba. Fiorentina has made a deal and Liverpool have lost one of the five best English products in the recent history of the Premier League.’

Meantime, Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir after a stunning performance from the shot-stopper against Fenerbahce.

The 23-year-old shot-stopper is very highly rated in his homeland and is valued at around £14 million by his club.

The Reds have sent scouts to watch him in action on multiple occasions and the Merseyside outfit will continue to monitor progress of Ugurcan.