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Villarreal starlet Madger Gomes signs for Liverpool

Madger, who has played for the Spanish under-17 national team, has moved from Villarreal's academy to Liverpool.

Thorsten Wagner

There was one transfer deadline-day deal involving a Villarreal player, though you might have missed it.   Madger Gomes, who began with our affiliate club CD Roda and progressed through Villarreal's academy, has left the Submarine for the bright lights of Anfield and Liverpool's academy.

Word is the fee was 'nominal', whatever that means, but the main clause in a transfer like this is the possibliity of a big sell-on fee if the youngster turns out to be a star.  Madger has played for the Spanish U-16, U-17 and U-18 sides, so the promise is there.

According to Javi Mata, Madger was disappointed at not being promoted this year to the B team (he played for the Juvenil, C and B teams last year, I believe) and the club decided to transfer him now while they could get something, rather than see him leave next year when he would have been out of contract.

An attacking midfielder who can play behind the striker, Madger won't be able to play for Liverpool's U18 and U21 teams quite yet--there is still the matter of a UK work permit to attend to--but that isn't expected to take long.  We are sorry he is leaving us, but wish him all the best.  Who knows, maybe a loan deal to Villarreal will be in his future?