Report: Liverpool no longer favourites to sign 'special' player now despite watching him for months


Liverpool are no longer favourites to sign Fluminense midfielder Andre Trindade in January.

The Reds had looked to be in pole position to snap the Brazilian up following his Copa Libertadores win with Fluminense on Saturday.

But according to Brazilian outlet UOL, they have serious competition. They claim that Premier League rivals Fulham are actually now the front-runners to sign Andre.

The Cottagers are reportedly expecting Bayern Munich to return to try and sign Joao Palhinha in the January window. As a result, they are said to be trying to get Andre sorted as a ‘priority’ replacement as soon as possible. This is claimed to make them the ‘strongest contenders’ to sign the 22-year-old as things stand.

Liverpool and Arsenal are also mentioned, with both reportedly ‘closely watching’ Andre for months. However, both the Reds and the Gunners are said to be prioritising other options instead. Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa is mentioned in relation to Arsenal, with no alternative put forward for Liverpool.

Fluminense are said to be looking for between £26m and £30m in order to sell Andre.

Liverpool fall behind in Andre chase
It’s apparent that Liverpool have much more than a passing interest in Andre. If Fluminense’s president Mario Bittencourt is to be believed, the Reds tried hard to sign the midfielder in the summer.

With Thiago Alcantara likely to leave at the end of the season, there is still a potential spot open in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Andre looks primed to fill it.

Nevertheless, it’s rare that you get a free run at such a talent these days. Gone are the times when the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal could easily sign any player they wanted over teams like Fulham.

The wealth in the Premier League is now greater than ever. Middling clubs can tempt players from smaller leagues with enormously lucrative offers.

Liverpool fans don’t have to look too far for precedent. Last January Wolves and Nottingham Forest signed two of Brazilian football’s most promising midfielders – Joao Gomes and Danilo.

Both have since gone one to become key players for their sides. At 22, both are still young enough to make the move to a ‘bigger’ club in the future.

Perhaps Andre will see these moves from two of his peers as reason to do the same. A player called ‘special’ by journalist Fabrizio Romano [Here We Go Podcast], he’ll back himself to reach the top.

However, you’d still like to think that all being equal, an offer from Liverpool would still trump one from Fulham. Plenty still to run in this race, but with respect, we shouldn’t be getting left behind by the Cottagers.

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