Liverpool were reportedly in talks to sign Uruguay wonderkid Fabricio Diaz before the youngster decided to join Qatar side Al-Gharafa.

According to 90min, the Reds were in talks with Liverpool Montevideo over signing the 20-year-old midfielder, who this summer led Uruguay to the U-20s FIFA World Cup.

A combative midfielder regarded by Football Talent Scout over his ‘perfect’ balance, Diaz is one of the most exciting prospects in all of South America and was courted by many of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Fabricio Diaz
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However, to the shock of many, Diaz has this summer decided to make the move to Qatar, with the youngster still having dreams of playing in Europe in the next few years.

With the Reds one of the sides holding talks with Montevideo Liverpool over Diaz, the Anfield side will no doubt be puzzled by the 20-year-old’s decision to move to Qatar.

However, with the youngster confident that he will one day make it to Europe, Liverpool could return for Diaz in the next two years to bring the midfielder to Merseyside.

Fabricio Diaz moving to Qatar is nothing short of baffling

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We can all take a pretty good stab at why Diaz has made the decision to move to Qatar despite strong European interest, with the choice one that will disappoint the likes of Liverpool.

The youngster is easily one of the best talents in South America and a player who could have been a dream long-term project under a manager like Jurgen Klopp.

Whilst Diaz has his best years ahead of him, playing in Qatar will do little to improve his talent on the pitch, with the midfielder likely to vanish into obscurity if he doesn’t depart the Middle East soon.