Liverpool have today confirmed the signing of 18-year-old Charlton Athletic defender Joe Gomez for a fee believed to be £3.5 million. The deal was completed swiftly once news of interest in the player broke earlier in the week. Gomez, who can play at both centre back and right back, expressed his delight at the move.
It's a dream come true. It's a bit surreal and it hasn't really hit me yet. But I'm buzzing and just excited to get started. The club has got great history and it's a great club, and one that I've always been following from when I was young. The style of football and the top players here was somewhere that I wanted to go and get better and learn, and play good football. It was an easy decision.
Liverpool have a few young centre backs at the club, and Tiago Ilori displayed his talent in the European U21 Championships against England. This is the club's fourth signing of the summer after James Milner, Danny Ings, and Adam Bogdan . For those keeping track, Joe Gomez is the club's first out-of-contract signing and represents a policy of investing in talented young players. If that can continue to happen while securing players who can strengthen the first-team squad, fans should be cautiously optimistic about this summer's transfer window.
Gomez has been capped at under-16, under-17, and under-19 levels for England and made 24 senior appearances for Charlton last season.