The agent of Bobby Duncan has stirred up the pot after slamming Liverpool for the way they have treated his client.
Duncan, who is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, is at the centre of a transfer battle at the moment as he attempts to manufacture a move away from the European champions before the September 2 deadline.
The 18-year-old signed for the Reds from Manchester City last year and he has featured for the club’s Under-23s and Under-18s sides, netting against the Citizens in the FA Youth Cup final in April as Liverpool won the trophy for the first time in 12 years.
He was included in Jurgen Klopp’s pre-season plans and the striker scored in the 6-0 friendly win at Tranmere, increasing the chances of him being involved in the first team this season.
However, Duncan is yet to be involved in any match-day squads so far this term and he is said to be frustrated with the lack of opportunities coming his way, bringing about rumours of an exit from Anfield.
Serie A outfit Fiorentina have been keeping tabs on the striker and reportedly had a loan offer, which would have allowed them to make the move permanent for 1.8million euros, turned down by the Reds.
Duncan’s agent, Saif Rubie, has now weighed in on the conversation and revealed his client missed Monday’s U23 game against Southampton because he has suffered “deep mental issues with all the stress the club has put him under”.
Rubie has gone on to criticise Liverpool further in a statement, saying: “Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well-being.”
It is unclear whether Duncan will depart Merseyside before the European window slams shut although Danish club FC Nordsjaelland, who have also seen a loan bid rejected, remain keen on a deal.
Liverpool have responded to the remarks from Rubie and in short, have revealed they will “continue our efforts to work privately with the player to find resolution in the best interests of all involved.”
This situation doesn’t show any signs of being cleared up anytime soon and it could be best for all parties involved if Duncan was allowed to leave.
It is thought Fiorentina, who are the striker’s preferred destination, could return with a late offer in an attempt to capitalise on the whole transfer saga.