Liverpool had an enormous offer rejected by Newcastle for midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
Nevertheless, Spanish outlet AS Diario report that the unlikely nature of a deal did not put Liverpool off this summer.
They claim that having failed to sign Moises Caicedo, the Reds made a huge £100m bid for Bruno in the transfer window’s final days.
Although they were given a resounding no by Newcastle, this reportedly may not stop Liverpool from coming back, either. It’s claimed that Jurgen Klopp will keep the Brazilian as a target for the short-medium term future.
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With Liverpool scrambling late on in the transfer window, it’s not inconceivable that they tried to sign Bruno. They clearly had the money to table such a bid, and are well-known admirers of the 25-year-old.
But given that they were holding out for Ryan Gravenberch, we’re not sure that Bruno was ever top of their agenda.
Having just brought in four new midfielders, there is still an argument for Liverpool needing one more, though. Thiago Alcantara will be on his way next summer and the Reds could do with a more reliable replacement for him.
Guimaraes could be that man. Toon boss Eddie Howe has previously called him ‘outstanding’ [Sky Sports] and he’s one of the best midfielders in the league. But it doesn’t seem likely that Liverpool will go so big on another midfielder now.
Instead, someone like Bruno’s compatriot Andre Trindade would feel more appropriate.
So, although we’d love to see the Newcastle man head down to Merseyside, we can’t see it ever happening. Then again, if the Magpies maintain their poor start to the Premier League season, you just never know.
Some may feel it to be the case, but it isn’t an inevitability that Newcastle’s money will see them rise to the top. If things start to take a turn for the worse, Liverpool should be there.