The next best thing is one of the most important commodities in football. If you can land the next Neymar, the next Kylian Mbappe or the next Lionel Messi early then you can save or earn yourself millions. According to reports out of Brazil, the Reds are looking to do just that. O Globo have reported that Liverpool are tracking two Fluminense youngsters at the Copa Sao Paulo.
The Copa Sao Paulo is a hotbed for young talent. The January tournament is contested by Brazilian U-20 sides, with many stars of tomorrow announcing themselves during the competition.
Previous stars of the Copa Sao Paulo include Neymar and Alexandre Pato. If you can get to a game and study the players, you may just spot a prodigy.
O Globo have reported that Liverpool are tracking Fluminense youngsters Andre and Wallace. The Reds will allegedly be sending a representative to scout the pair at the competition.
Wallace is a bright attacking midfielder with a €30m release clause whilst Andre is an imposing defensive midfielder that has emerged a leader on the pitch.
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If Liverpool are interested in the two Fluminense youngsters then we are on the right track. We all know that some of the brightest talents in the game emerge from South America.
The Reds will also have the opportunity to spy on other footballers that impress during the tournament whilst they scout Wallace and Andre.
There is the obvious issue of a work permit, in recent years the impressive midfielder Allan de Souza has seen his Anfield career halted by bureaucracy. Though, if footballer is good enough then they will be capped by their country which helps with any visa issues.
As luck would have it, Liverpool loaning Allan to Fluminense could help the Reds in their pursuit of the youngsters.