Liverpool 'verbally agree' deal with £35m star who could become first January signing


Liverpool have verbally agreed a deal with Fluminense midfielder Andre Trindade over a January transfer, it has been reported.

The Reds were linked with a move for the 22-year-old Brazil international in the summer, but were told by his current club that a deal could not be done while the Copa Libertadores was ongoing.

Club president Mario Bittencourt revealed that he had held personal talks with Liverpool over a potential transfer, telling them (quotes via Liverpool Echo): "'My friend, I don't sell a player now and I don't deliver now. If you want to buy now to take in January, we can start talking, or if you want to wait until December and we talk in December'."

Fluminense contest the Copa Libertadores final against Argentine giants Boca Juniors on November 4, meaning Andre would potentially be allowed to move to Anfield in January.

The player himself revealed to CONMEBOL Libertadores media that he wanted to honour his word in staying at Fluminense until the end of the season - but did not rule out a future move to Liverpool in the future.

He said: "I think every player one day dreams of playing for a big club in Europe, in a big league.

"But I decided to keep my word because when the January window closed, [Fluminense manager] Fernando Diniz arrived and told me that he wanted me here until the end of the year. We didn't know that a proposal of that amount would arrive and I told him that, regardless of what happened, I would be there until the end of the season.

"I think if I had accepted this proposal, I don't know if I would have felt 100 per cent comfortable because I had already agreed with Diniz."

Now, according to journalist Francois Plateau, Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Andre, who made his Brazil debut earlier this year, over a January move.

However, he adds that 'nothing has been signed' as of yet between the two clubs, and other clubs are interested in signing him from Fluminense.

It appears the situation may well become clearer after the Copa Libertadores final, whatever the result.

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