Tim Vickery has said Liverpool could struggle to sign Andre Trindade due to Fluminense’s participation in the Copa Libertadores.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, the South American football expert claimed that the Reds could run out of time to sign the 22-year-old midfielder if Fluminense progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
The final eight of South America’s biggest club competition, one that Fluminense has never won, takes place right at the end of August, with the Rio de Janeiro giants desperate to keep hold of Andre for as long as they’re in the tournament.
As a result, Fluminense progressing deep into the Copa Libertadores could ruin Liverpool’s chances of signing Andre, with Vickery saying that it would be a ‘potential complication’ for the Reds’ transfer activity.
Reportedly valued at £34m, Andre is being tipped by many pundits to become Fabinho’s long-term replacement as well as competition for Romeo Lavia, yet Liverpool could now miss out on a deal for the Brazilian this month.
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Indeed, whilst a transfer could be completed with ease in January, Liverpool will seemingly prefer to sign Andre this month, though Fluminense’s Copa Libertadores run could now cause some serious problems for the Reds.
Liverpool have to try their luck with signing Andre this month
Fluminense are well within their right to shoot down any and all offers for Andre when they have a real shot at history this year, yet that doesn’t mean Liverpool can’t try their luck for the midfielder.
The Reds have the ability to offer a sensational financial package to Fluminense that could change their fortunes for years to come, and such an proposal might be tempting enough to convince the Brazilian side to sell.
However, given how good Andre is and how key the midfielder is to Fluminense’s system, the South American side could be willing to ignore all offers from Liverpool for the 22-year-old, regardless of the figures involved.