Torino centre-back Gleison Bremer has been identified as a potential centre-back target for Liverpool, according to reports.
This comes from The Athletic. They say the progress of the 23-year-old has been ‘monitored closely’ by recruitment staff this season, although there has been no official contact from Liverpool.
He has been tipped as the publication’s top-choice for Jurgen Klopp to bolster his defensive reinforcements.
According to Italian outlet, Corriere Granta, Liverpool remain interested in signing the Serie A powerhouse, who is also wanted Everton.
The ideal choice
Deployed naturally as a right centre-back, Bremer has been described as a strong tackler who has been identified as one of the best in Europe at dispossessing opponents.
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One glaring area of weakness, however, for the Brazil-born defender is his aerial prowess, particularly in open play.
At 6ft, Bremer doesn’t carry the same aerial presence as the likes of Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Nat Phillips – but he makes up for it with his ability to read the game and snuff out danger.
Still, at just 23, Bremer still has plenty of time to polish up certain defensive qualities. Centre-backs typically take longer to reach their peak, after all. Van Dijk was still making a name for himself at Groningen at the same age as Bremer is now.
Also, Bremer already has a full season under his belt in the Italian top-flight. This is exactly what Liverpool want from an investment long-term. Someone capable of filling a number of roles while the necessary experience to make a difference when called upon.
Moreover, he has already made the transition from Brazilian to Italian football in recent years. With that said, it demonstrates he’s able to adapt to a new environment as well as a totally different brand of football.
Is he available
So, there is no doubt that the potential is there for Liverpool to uncover a potential gem for the future.
Unfortunately, given the limited number of days left in the window, it seems unlikely that Liverpool could strike a deal for a player who is so integral to the way his current club-side play.
The reality is that Liverpool are currently looking for a stop-gap purchase, whereas a player of Bremer’s quality represents a more long-term investment.
All in all, Bremer – who cost Torino €6 million (£5.4 million) – just doesn’t seem like an attainable target so late in the window. However, he certainly is a player worth keeping an eye, even beyond the January transfer window.