Andre Trinade Liverpool transfer news as Fluminense president gives update after January 'agreement'


Fluminense president Mario Bittencourt has admitted he expects Liverpool target Andre Trindade to leave the club in January.

The Reds made contact with the Brazilian club in the summer, only to be informed that Fluminense had no intention of selling the midfielder midway through their domestic season.

Such a decision was made with one eye on potential success in Copa Libertadores. And after Fluminense beat Boca Juniors in Saturday’s final to be crowned champions of South America for the first time in their history, Bittencourt has revealed he expects to receive a club-record bid for Andre after next month’s FIFA Club World Cup when offering an update on the Brazil international’s future.

“We are waiting. Today, there is no concrete proposal for Andre,” he told Globo. “But we are sure that after the World Cup - he will play in the World Cup - a stratospheric proposal will arrive.

“It could be the biggest sale in the club's history. We could possibly lose both (Andre and defender Nino), but we are working to replace them.”

Meanwhile, Andre’s agent, Carlos Leite, has lifted the lids on talks he held with Bittencourt regarding his client’s future both at the start of the year and in the summer, while also alluding to Liverpool's reported offer in the summer.

Fluminense’s president asked for a meeting with Leite at the start of 2023 to make it clear he wanted the midfielder to stay put until January 2024.

“He came to me and said that Fluminense had no interest in selling Andr√© this year,” Leite told Globo. “I talked to the player, explained it to him, and he bought the idea. We agreed that it would only be traded from January 2024 onwards.

“There were actually several proposals (in the summer), all of which came to me I forwarded to Mario, but aware that there would be no negotiation.

“Unless Fluminense changed its mind. He had no reason to sit with me, he is not obliged to sell anyone. But he had this concern.

“He doesn't have that arrogance and arrogance that some people have: ‘Look for my director.’”

Liverpool oversaw an £150m midfield revamp in the summer, as they brought in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch. But after the unexpected departures of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to Saudi Arabia, they have been left without a natural first-choice holding midfielder, prompting them to hold talks with Fluminense after missing out on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia to Chelsea.

The Reds would ultimately end up signing Endo from VfB Stuttgart instead, while they have predominantly played Mac Allister in the holding midfielder role in the interim. But it remains to be seen if Liverpool plan to reignite their interest in Andre in January.

The Reds are not the only side who continue to be linked with his services. Reports suggested that they, along with Arsenal and Fulham, all had representatives at the Copa Libertadores final to watch the midfielder.

But regardless of where Andre ends up, he is certain to move for a record fee for Fluminense. Their current most expensive departure saw Gerson join AS Roma in a €17m deal in January 2016.

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