Liverpool are exploring the possibility of signing Fluminense midfielder Andre Trindade, after tabling a second bid for Romeo Lavia.

The Reds have seemingly installed Lavia as their next top midfield target. However, with Southampton playing hardball over their valuation, a deal is yet to be struck.

After seeing a first offer dismissed by Saints last week, journalist Melissa Reddy reports on X that Liverpool have today returned with a fresh offer. However, should Southampton refuse to budge, Andre is another option on the table.

Romeo Lavia
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“Liverpool have tabled an improved bid for Romeo Lavia, but are concurrently exploring a deal for other options – Andre of Fluminense among them – if Southampton’s valuation remains excessive,” says Reddy.

“New offer closer to asking price but still below an initial £40m (without add-ons).”

Liverpool seek Lavia alternative

Andre’s name has been circulating tentatively as a potential option for Liverpool’s continued midfield rebuild this summer.

It isn’t often that the Reds will go out and sign a player directly from South America. But it appears that they genuinely may make an exception for the Fluminense man.

At 22 he’s three years Lavia’s senior. Andre has already played over 100 games for his club and also made his Brazil national team debut recently. In short, if Liverpool are willing to break their transfer policy, then he just might be a special player.

Andre Trindade
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It’s very likely that the Brazil international would be a fair bit cheaper than Lavia too. With plenty of potential to grow into, Andre could end up being a bargain.

Nevertheless, it looks clear that the Southampton man is still Liverpool’s top choice.

Given their demand of a £50m sale for Lavia, it seems unlikely that Saints will accept a second bid of below £40m up-front. Some will be frustrated with Liverpool’s refusal to pony up, but you also have to admire their willingness to pay a fair price.

Of course, Southampton are within their rights not to see it that way. If they do stand firm on Lavia, then it seems the Reds are ready to pull the trigger on an alternative. Either way, something has to happen soon. Time is starting to run out.

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