Liverpool target Andre has reportedly snubbed Manchester United to sign for Jurgen Klopp’s team. The Merseyside giants have supposedly reached an agreement with the Brazilian midfielder, who is currently plying his trade for Fluminense.
Liverpool have delved into the transfer market to bolster their midfield this summer after flattering to deceive in the middle of the pitch last season. Klopp has already brought in Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig and Wataru Endo from Stuttgart, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho both departing Anfield to head to Saudi Arabia.
Klopp is still keen to bring in more midfield additions before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm on Friday, September 1 – and the German has his sights set on Andre.
Brazilian journalist Emmanuel Luiz has told The Redman TV that Andre had been in talks to join Manchester United. But the 22-year-old instead wants to move to Liverpool after agreeing a deal to link-up with Klopp’s team. And Fluminense told the Merseysiders back in January that they would need to stump-up over £21million to get their hands on the youngster.
Liverpool may have to bide their time before they are able to prise Andre away from his homeland as Fluminense are said to be keen to keep the player where he is for the time being due to their run in the Copa Libertadores. The Brazilian team are set to face Paraguay side Olimpia over two legs in the quarter-finals of the competition in the next fortnight.
Andre, who was born in Algodao in eastern Brazil, has also piqued the interest of Fulham was handed his debut for his country during a friendly with Senegal in June. The talented youngster came off the bench to replace West Ham star Lucas Paqueta for the last 16 minutes of the showdown as Brazil were beaten 4-2.
If Liverpool do snap-up Andre, it will give them a huge shot in the arm. The Anfield giants have begun the new Premier League season unbeaten and came from behind to defeat Bournemouth 3-1 on Saturday after battling to a 1-1 draw against Chelsea on the opening weekend.
Manchester United, meanwhile, look like they’ll be left licking their wounds over another failed transfer endeavour. The Red Devils have been shaky since the campaign got underway and were dispatched 2-0 by Tottenham in north London on Saturday evening after whimpering to a 1-0 victory over goal-shy Wolves five days before.