Liverpool made contact with FIFA Club World Cup finalist opponents Flamengo over the availability of Reinier Jesus, prior to his move to Real Madrid, according to his father.
Reiner, 18, who has signed a six-year deal after joining the Spanish giants for a fee of £26 million [BBC] earlier this week following an impressive campaign for the Campeonato Carioca champions.
Recently touted as a ‘wonder-kid’ by SportWitness, the midfielder has already featured for Brazil U23s and attracted numerous European suitors.
During an interview with Spanish radio network Cadena Ser, via Sport, Reinier’s father, Mauro Carvalho, confirmed that Champions League-holders Liverpool were one of a host of top clubs keen on signing the teenager.
“There were contacts with Barca, but very weak, nothing as strong as Real, who came and made the offer”, Carvalho confirmed.
“There were also contacts with Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool, Borussia and Ajax.”
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Despite contact, there is doubts to the legitimacy of how concrete Liverpool’s interest actually was.
Liverpool have emerged once again as one of the juggernauts of European football so it’s only natural that they are being touted with some of the brightest young prospects in the game.
He was also on the bench as Flamengo lost to Liverpool in the final of the Club World Cup in Qatar back in December.
Reinier similarly to his international compatriots Robinho, Ronaldo, Kaka and Roberto Carlos seemed destined to become a Galactico with Madrid still representing the ideal platform for Brazilian footballers.
However, it remains to be seen whether the youngster can cope with the expectations that come with playing at the Bernabéu. Eden Hazard has seriously struggled since his move from Chelsea having scored just once in his inaugural campaign in La Liga.
The Reds have proven in the past their effectiveness in terms of recruitment and despite missing out on Reiner there will be plenty more links involving Liverpool to top-class European players.