‘We can start talking’ Liverpool handed transfer boost as club confirm January talks for midfielder

The Reds could yet pull off another signing

Liverpool have been handed a boost as Fluminense director Mario Bittencourt has revealed that the club can strike an early agreement for midfielder Andre which would see him join the Anfield side in January should they wish to.

Making his Brazil bow in June’s international break, Andre plays primarily as a defensive midfielder and has appeared over 130 times for his current side.

The 22-year-old Brazilian was one of several midfielders that Jurgen Klopp’s side had been linked with over the summer, and reports even claimed that they saw a 30m euro (£25m) bid turned down for his services.

However, a deal was completely shut off until January because the Brazilian side remain midway through their season and are eyeing up a first-ever Copa Libertadores win, with Andre’s side now in the semi-finals of the competition against Internacional, and only having reached the final once back in 2008.

However, the club have been handed a major boost should they wish to continue their pursuit of the midfielder, with the Brazilian club’s president revealing that he is open to discussions already over a January departure for the midfielder.

“Liverpool contacted me directly for Andre,” Bittencourt said.

“I told their director: my friend, I don’t sell Andre now. If you want to buy now to bring him in January, we can start talking. Or if you want to wait until December, we can do it.”

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will re-ignite their interest in the 22-year-old. They signed Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day in a deal worth 40m euros, having already added Wataru Endo, Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister to their ranks earlier in the window, and Jurgen Klopp may feel that five new midfielders, in addition to the likes of Thiago, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliot and Stefan Bajcetic may be too many to try and keep happy.

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