During the summer, Jurgen Klopp made four new signings for a total of £145.2 million to bolster his midfield. These players were brought in to replace six players who were free to move on. Though Liverpool finished the previous season two goals short of their quota, there’s still a sense that Klopp has room for one more midfield acquisition.
They first attempted to wrest Andre from Fluminense during the summer window, so they have a long-standing interest in him. At the time, the Brazilian side’s president Mario Bittencourt announced they would not sell their greatest asset while still active in the Copa Libertadores; a stance that reaped big dividends when Fluminense were crowned kings of South America earlier this month.
Bittencourt has subsequently acknowledged, nevertheless, that they are powerless to stop Andre from leaving in January because his team is expecting a “stratospheric proposal” to entice him to go.
A lucrative €35 million (£30 million) release option has reportedly enticed a number of major clubs to indicate their interest in a potential deal, increasing the chances of a move.
In fact, the Reds are not by any means alone in this increasingly competitive player market. Apart from the Merseysiders, there have been reports of interest from Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Fulham, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Napoli.
Due to his caution about becoming entangled in a bidding war and the knowledge that Liverpool is also considering his countryman Gabriel Moscardo, Klopp seemed to withdraw from the competition.
Liverpool regains the lead in the Andre transfer.
Numerous local and national newspapers also carried the claim, and renowned transfer analyst Fabrizio Romano added that Liverpool’s attempt to sign Andre had failed.
Sport, a Spanish newspaper, now suggests that the claims that Liverpool has removed itself from the picture are a bit of a hoax meant to confuse their opponents.
Additionally, a private document obtained by the newspaper describes how the player’s unsuccessful summer transfer attempt paved the way for a January arrival.
With the Reds having “taken the lead” in his transfer and Klopp’s team being mentioned as the “only contenders to sign him,” they feel Liverpool has the right to reject the offer.
Additionally, they can affirm that Andre will relocate to Europe this winter “no matter what,” with Liverpool planning to keep a tight eye on the player during the FIFA Club World Cup in December before deciding on their course of action.
Andre, the former Brazil international, freely said that he would find it “difficult” to turn down a move to Merseyside, and Fluminense views him as “lost” at this point.
For their part, Sport asserts that Barcelona, who has a new defensive midfielder high on their wish list for 2024, will follow Andre with attention as well.
Even if Barca is making an effort to “anticipate the market,” they probably won’t be in a strong enough financial position to compete for his signature until a significant deal is finalized beforehand.
Since his debut in the 2020 season, Andre has been a part of Fluminense since he was a young youngster. He has already made 161 appearances for the team, scoring seven goals.