Liverpool Youngster Elijah Gift Set for Athletic Bilbao Move
Liverpool Football Club has reached an agreement with La Liga side Athletic Bilbao over the transfer of highly rated youngster Elijah Gift. The 16-year-old prodigy, who initially joined the Reds from Huddersfield Town as an Under-12s player, is on the verge of making a return to his native Spain for an undisclosed fee.
Athletic Bilbao’s renowned policy of exclusively selecting players from the Basque region has necessitated a premium price for Gift’s services, owing to the intense interest surrounding him. The talented winger’s imminent departure from Liverpool has been confirmed by prominent transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who revealed that the Basque club has emerged as his next destination.
Understand Athletic Club are set to sign Liverpool 2006-born forward Elijah Gift on permanent deal. He’s set to undergo medical at Bilbao. ⚪️🔴✨ #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 27, 2023
While the specific fee remains undisclosed, sources indicate that Liverpool received a substantial offer for Gift, believed to be in the region of £1 million. With a surplus of attacking wide options at the academy level, Liverpool made the strategic decision to sanction Gift’s departure, recognizing the youngster’s potential for greater opportunities at Athletic Bilbao.
Gift’s departure marks the end of his fruitful spell at Liverpool’s youth setup, where he showcased his skills and progressed through the ranks. His impending move to Athletic Bilbao presents a new chapter in his promising career, allowing him to further develop in the demanding surroundings of La Liga.
Both clubs are expected to finalize the transfer in the coming days, subject to the successful completion of formalities. The move signifies an exciting step for Gift, who will look to make his mark on the Spanish football scene and contribute to Athletic Bilbao’s renowned tradition of promoting local talent.
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