Liverpool defender Rafa Paez is set to move to Italy.

The Liverpool Echo says Paez is expected to join Italian Serie B outfit Bologna on a season-long loan deal.

Paez, a centre-half, moved to Liverpool last year on a free transfer from Real Madrid after impressive trials.

The 19 year-old stands at 1.92m and was a regular with the U21s last season.

Paez made a first team debut for Liverpool in their post-season friendly against Shamrock Rovers earlier this summer.

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