Everything André and Fluminense have said on Liverpool transfer ahead of Copa Libertadores final

There might be a few more interested observers from Liverpool in this evening’s Copa Libertadores final than normal. South America’s premier club competition comes to a conclusion this evening, with Brazil’s Fluminense taking on Argentina’s Boca Juniors at the Maracanã.

Although many of the players on show might not be household names on Merseyside, one star in particular is set to be of particular interest. André Trindade has been linked with Liverpool for a number of months now, and the club’s supporters will get the chance to take a closer look at him tonight.

André’s name first emerged among Jürgen Klopp’s transfer targets during the summer. While the Reds saw bids being rejected for Roméo Lavia, contact had been made with Fluminense (as per Sky Sports).

Although nothing came of the interest at the time, André has remained firmly in the foreground for Liverpool. The player and his club have made no secret of the fact Klopp’s side has been interested.

André first broke his silence on the reported offers from Anfield back in August. As per Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte, he said: "It's obvious that it's normal to receive offers.

"Even more so with the team doing well, getting through in the Libertadores, and being near the top of the Brasileria (Brazilian championship). Not just me, but others must have received offers as well. I am happy about the offers that arrive, but my mind today is focused 100 per cent on Fluminense."

As the transfer window closed in England, it became clear that André would be staying put, although it wasn’t for a want of trying on Liverpool’s part. What’s more, Fluminense president Mario Bittencourt suggested a move in January could still be on the cards.

“Liverpool’s executive director [Billy Hogan] contacted me directly,” Bittencourt told ESPN in September (via Metro). “And I replied to him: ‘My friend, I don’t sell players now and I don’t deliver now’.

“[I told him]: ‘If you want to buy him now to take him in January, we can start talking. Or if you want to wait until December, we’ll talk in December’.”

André has enjoyed a fine season in Brazil, helping his side to the Copa Libertadores final, where Fluminense will be aiming to be crowned champions of South America for the first time. In the build-up to tonight’s final though, the subject of his future has come up again.

Speaking to the Guardian, André said: “I follow the Premier League a lot. It’s a very competitive league that demands a lot from players. But today my dream is to live day by day here in Fluminense. I don’t know what will happen in the future; I have a long contract at Fluminense and I really like being here.

"It’s been 10 years already so it’s where I feel at home. I’m still young, only 22 years old, so there’s no need for me to think too far ahead. I just need to keep doing my best, try to win this trophy and then see what happens at the end of the season.”

"In January, I had already talked to (Fluminense coach Fernando) Diniz, we practically knew we would keep the squad at least until the end of 2023, regardless of what happened, regardless of whether we advanced or not in the Libertadores. So, thank God, we are in the final."

And what of Liverpool and Klopp specifically? Well, the midfielder has spoken glowingly of the Reds.

"I follow overseas games a bit and I know that their work is exceptional," André told AS. "Without a doubt, he is a great coach, very intelligent and successful. But at the moment, my coach is Diniz, a person I appreciate a lot off the field and who understands my style of play. I know how much I have grown in the field under his direction."

No doubt there will be more than a few Liverpool fans keeping a close eye on events in Rio de Janeiro this evening. Klopp may well be among them, and he could well be watching his next signing ahead of the January window.


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