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Report: Liverpool to sign defender from Barcelona

Liverpool are set to secure the services of Juanma from Barcelona, according to reports from the Liverpool Echo

Liverpool have splashed a lot of cash to secure the services of the likes of Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Loris Karius and Ragner Klavan among others and the Reds will now most certainly be looking to mount a challenge for a place in the Championship during the upcoming campaign.

While the aforementioned players are all established names, manager Jurgen Klopp is a manager who is always on the lookout to sign promising youngsters as well and it can now be revealed that the German boss is set to make a swoop for 19-year-old Juanma.

Juanma is a graduate of the famed La Masia academy of Barcelona and he had joined Liverpool on trial last month for around 10 days.

The left back most certainly seems to have impressed the Liverpool staff during the trial and now revelations can be made that the Reds are set to sign him on a permanent deal, according to reports from the Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool have signed the likes of Pedro Chirivella and Madger Gomes from Barcelona previously and the left-back will surely be helped by the presence of his Spanish compatriots at Anfield.

Under-23 manager Michael Beale had spoken about Juanma in July and had praised the teenager’s ability. He had said, “Juanma is a boy who’s come in to spend the week with us with a view to maybe seeing more of him. He’s only had a couple of days training with us, speaks very little English but you can see a very good player.

“He was at Barcelona so we’ll have a look and see how we go with him. He played with Madger Gomes and Pedro Chirivella with Spain so we’re quite familiar with him.

“He’s very versatile and can play in different positions because technically he’s very good. I quite like him, he reminds he a little bit of someone like a Pablo Zabaleta-type player, a nice player.”