Liverpool are reportedly set to revive their interest in signing Fluminense midfielder Andre during the January transfer window.
Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Jurgen Klopp is keen on securing a deal for the €40 million-rated Brazilian midfielder.
During the summer transfer window, Liverpool invested heavily in strengthening their midfield, bringing in four new players at a total cost of £145.2 million: Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch.
However, with six midfield players leaving the club in the summer, Klopp still feels the need to bolster his squad further, especially with rumors of Thiago Alcantara‘s potential departure.
Liverpool’s interest in 22-year-old Fluminense sensation Andre has been well-documented. The club initially approached him during the summer transfer window, but the move was deemed impossible at the time due to the ongoing Brazilian season.
Fluminense’s president, Mario Bittencourt, has now indicated that a January move for Andre could be on the cards.
He revealed that Liverpool’s chief executive had contacted him directly, and they discussed the possibility of a transfer either in January or December.
Fabrizio Romano provides an update on Fluminense midfielder Andre to Liverpool transfer saga
Despite facing resistance from Fluminense in the summer, Romano believes Liverpool are far from giving up on their pursuit of Andre.
He suggests that Liverpool has maintained positive relations with Fluminense and will continue to monitor the player. Romano describes Andre as a special and highly talented player.
“It’s not over; it’s still something we have to keep an eye on because Liverpool really like Andre,”
Roman said on his Here We Go podcast.
“They had positive conversations with Fluminense; they have good relationships.
Fluminense were showing how strong they are in the Brazilian and South American market as they said ‘no way the player is leaving’, so credit to Fluminense.
It was not easy, but I think Liverpool will keep monitoring the player. This is a special player, this is not a normal player. Andre is a very, very good player.”
Fluminense’s decision to retain Andre over the summer, due to their participation in the Copa Libertadores, now seems justified as the team has reached the semi-finals, where they will face Brazilian rivals Internacional.
Andre currently has a €40 million (£34.4 million) release clause in his contract, which Liverpool could activate in January.
The good relations between the clubs, coupled with Liverpool’s previous interest, suggest that a potential move to Merseyside would be amicable for all parties involved.