Liverpool winger Rafa Camacho has joined Sporting CP in a deal worth an initial £5 million ($6.3m).The Reds will receive a fee for the 19-year-old, with a further £2m ($2.5m) in performance-related add-ons forming part of the final deal. There will also be a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal, as well as a buy-back option. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Camacho, who made his senior Liverpool debut at Wolves in the FA Cup in January, was about to enter the final year of his contract and had refused to sign a new one. Having provisionally agreed terms on an extension in January, the Portuguese youth international was disappointed at not being allowed to leave on loan for the second half of the campaign.Liverpool fielded a series of enquiries about him this summer, but Camacho rejected the chance to speak to Wolves, AC Milan and Schalke, concerned he would not get sufficient playing time at those clubs.Lisbon-born, his preference was always to return to Sporting, who had agreed a loan deal with the Reds back in January only for Jurgen Klopp to veto the move. Had Liverpool allowed him to see out the remainder of his contract, they would have been due just £270,000 ($340,000) in compensation for a player who joined the club as a 16-year-old from Manchester City.The ideal situation for the Reds would have been for Camacho to sign a new deal and then go out on loan, but discussions with his representatives proved fruitless, with the player keen to secure regular football in his home country.Camacho impressed as part of Liverpool’s UEFA Youth League side last season, and made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in the win over Crystal Palace at Anfield in late January, three weeks after starting at Wolves in the cup.Sources have told Goal that this move is not linked to reports suggesting Liverpool will make a move for Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and that the Reds have no interest in signing the 24-year-old despite persistent claims in the Portuguese media.The Reds completed the signing of Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle on Wednesday, in a deal worth an initial £1.3m ($1.6m).Subscribe to Neil’s weekly newsletter than brings you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web.
Natasha O’Neill / The Expositor Zach VanVleit plays in two adult dart leagues and one youth one, as well as practising for about an hour every day. At age 11, Zach VanVleit of Norwich got introduced to darts by a neighbour.They continued to play together for fun until the neighbour told him about a tournament in Kitchener.“I heard about the tournament and thought, ‘Why not? It’ll be fun,’” said Zach, who is now 16 and in Grade 10 at Oxford Reformed Christian School in Mount Elgin, west of Norwich.Winning that tournament qualified Zach for provincials, where he was among the top two and qualified for Team Ontario. In May, Zach and the seven other teens on Team Ontario travelled to Saskatoon for the 2019 Youth National Darts Championship.In Saskatoon, Zach placed third in singles and first in male doubles.“It was this great big snowball effect,” said Chantal VanVleit, Zach’s mom. “It’s been quite a roller-coaster for us.”Zach also competes on the Championship Dart Circuit, where he qualified to be one of four Canadians on Team North America. In September, after competing in tournaments throughout the summer, the team will head to Gibraltar, on Spain’s south coast, for the World Cup for Darts. Thirty-two teams are competing.A fundraiser for Zach and his family will take place on June 8 at South Brant Legion in Oakland. It is an open darts tournament for all ages. Registration will start at 10:30 a.m. Organizers are expecting 80 to 100 competitors.Proceeds will help pay travel and accommodation expenses.“Initially, the fundraiser was to offset some of the funds going to Saskatchewan but now since then he’s also going to Gilbraltar. So, this is way bigger,” said Zach’s mother.“We have a Facebook page set up inviting people. At this point we are collecting donations for raffle tables.”Zach said his experience in Saskatoon was “awesome.“We did escape rooms and got to know each other first. It was more of a trip to have fun, than just darts.”Zach practises about one hour every day, in addition to playing in a youth darts league and two leagues for adults.“It’s definitely nice to play in an adult league because it gets me throwing better, because of the competition.”Zach’s mother said she wouldn’t describe the VanVleits as a “dart family.” She is still learning the sport and her husband, Neil, plays occasionally.Meantime, Zach is eager to keep improving.“I’m going to go as far as I can, keep practising every day and see what happens.”