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Reports: Suso is Milan-Bound

According to reports out of Italy, Suso has come to an agreement with AC Milan and the player intends to sign a pre-contract with them in January.

Brian A. Westerholt

For most Liverpool fans, this will be filed under unfortunate bits of news: according to Sky Sports Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, Liverpool are soon going to lose one of their bright young talents, as Suso has reportedly come to an unofficial agreement with AC Milan to move to the fallen Italian giant. If true, he will sign a pre-contract deal as soon as he is able to do so in January.

Suso is able to make such an arrangement because his contract is up at the end of the season, and despite reports that Liverpool were negotiating a new deal for the 20 year old, that new contract has yet to come to fruition. That's left the door open for Milan and others to try to get their hands on the Spanish youngster, and rumors have spun for a couple weeks now that this agreement was coming.

Now, apparently after discussing the matter with his father, also a former player, Suso has decided that a move to Italy and AC Milan is in the best interests of his future as a player. Borussia Dortmund were reportedly also interested, but Suso prefers the Italian option available to him. Now the only question is when he moves and on what terms; Suso will sign a deal in January either way, but apparently Milan are willing to pay a small fee to Liverpool to get their hands on him in January instead of waiting for his contract to expire in June.

It's an unfortunate loss for Liverpool, but perhaps not a surprising one. Suso was arguably the brightest light of the re-built Academy that Rafa Benitez assembled, but his place in the side has seemingly been squeezed out thanks to Liverpool's improved depth over the past few seasons. Philippe Coutinho is currently better at filling the role Suso is best suited for, and this summer's attacking signings, that of Adam Lallana in particular, further restrict the minutes available to him.

Liverpool will be able to survive the loss of Suso, but he's won a special place in the hearts of many in the Liverpool fanbase who have long seen him as a future star, and they will surely not be happy to see him go. Hopefully he can get some playing time in the meantime and give those fans a few fond memories to remember him by, but no matter what it seems we're now just counting down the days until he leaves Anfield for good.

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