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Liverpool have scouted £26m target for 18 months as president confirms talks

Liverpool have been scouting Fluminense and Brazil midfielder Andre Tridade for around 18 months now as the Premier League giants weigh up a move in the New Year. 

That is according to the Liverpool Echo, Andre Trindade potentially the solution to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘number six’ problem. 

Alexis Mac Allister continues to look like a square peg in a round hole, his defensive deficiencies exposed in the position Fabinho made his own before leaving for Saudi Arabia, while Liverpool’s pursuit of both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia were ki-boshed by Chelsea over the summer. 

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Klopp could, therefore, cast his net a little further afield in pursuit of a long-term Fabinho replacement come January. Fluminense’s president has already confirmed Liverpool’s interest in Andre Trindade, with sources on Merseyside indicating that the 22-year-old ball-winner has been on the club’s watchlist since the start of 2022. 

Liverpool are long-time admirers of Andre Trindade

“There is an agreement between us, with the player and representative, that he would stay until the end of the year,” La Flu chief Mario Bittencourt explains to Lance.  

“Liverpool’s chief executive contacted me directly. And I replied to him: ‘My friend, I don’t sell players now. If you want to buy now and take him in January, we can start talking, or if you want to wait until December and we’ll talk in December’.” 

The Brazilian league season finishes in five weeks’ time, by which point Fluminense will be ready to consider bids for a player labelled the ‘best defensive midfielder’ in the country.

According to ESPN, Liverpool saw a £26 million offer rejected over the summer. Similar bids could be enough to twist Bittencourt’s arm in the winter, however.  

‘He may well be turning up at Anfield’

“He really is one on the agenda for January. I’ll be amazed if he doesn’t leave Fluminense. Will it be to Liverpool? I think they’re first in the queue,” reporter Graeme Bailey tells the 90Min Talking Transfers podcast. 

“He’s definitely leaving Fluminense in January. And he may very well be turning up at Anfield.” 

Liverpool face Nottingham Forest at Anfield today.

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