Reported Liverpool target Andre Trindade scored last night as Fluminense beat Olimpia 2-0 in the Copa Libertadores quarter-final.
Andre has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield of late. The Reds even reportedly saw a £26m bid turned down recently [ESPN Brasil]. With a transfer seemingly dependent on Fluminense’s progress in their continental competition though, Liverpool have been made to wait.
And last night, Flu took a big step towards the semi-final of the tournament, with Andre on the scoresheet. And according to journalist Paul Gorst on Twitter, that will almost certainly rule out an immediate switch to Liverpool.
“Liverpool target Andre Trindade scored in a 2-0 win for Fluminense in the first leg of tie or Copa Libertadores quarterfinal against Olimpia,” Doyle reports,
“Second leg is the early hours of September 1. Progress for the Brazilians makes it almost certain Andre will stay until Jan at earliest.”
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It had always looked likely that Andre was set to stay in Brazil until the New Year. Fluminense are having a good season and he’s been so key to that.
But had last night’s game against Paraguayan side Olimpia gone badly, maybe Liverpool would have felt emboldened to have another go.
The tie isn’t over, but with the second-leg being played once the European transfer window is closed, Fluminense definintely won’t let Andre go now.
For most Reds supporters, that won’t be a problem. They’ll be fine waiting until January to get their man, as long as they do get him. As the 22-year-old underlined with his goal last night, he is a real talent.
Unfortunately though, there will be some worry that Liverpool will now simply walk away. Reports from Brazil earlier in the week suggested that the Reds want a deal done now, or not at all.
If that really is their stance, then it will have to be ‘not at all.’ He’s going nowhere over the next week.
Should Liverpool really walk away from a potential January signing as good as this, then there’ll be some serious questions to answer.