23 Jun 2016

Contact Made: Liverpool keen to sign exciting €10m Brazilian with 'great power' and 'real intensity'

Based on the sheer volume of transfer rumours, left-back continues to be a priority position for Liverpool to fill this summer, and new reports suggest that Jurgen Klopp has identified yet another possible solution.

According to Brazilian newspaper GlobeSport this week:

"Dortmund, Liverpool and Valencia have expressed an interest in Atletico Mineiro's Douglas Santos. Atletico will sell for €10m, but no official proposals have been received yet".

Some info about Santos:

* 22-year old Brazilian left-back, who can also play as a left-winger. Current contract expires: 2018.

* 63 apps for Mineiro (9 goals/assists). Made his international debut for Brazil in May 2016.

* Scouting Report (Excerpt): "Likes to attack; good delivery from wide; good recovery pace. More accomplished than most Brazilian full-backs his age, but attacking is clearly his strength".

* Sep 2015: Dunga's assessment: "He has great power, defends well and also knows the right time to go into the attack. He also reads the game well. He strikes the ball well and shows real intensity".

* Jun 2016: Part of Brazil's Copa America squad, but didn't play in any of the games.

If Dortmund are interested, then Liverpool should just give up now. Jurgen Klopp's former club have already signed three Liverpool targets (Raphael Guerreiro, Emre Mor, and Ousmane Dembele), and Santos will probably becomes the fourth player to snub Klopp this summer.

That aside, Santos is (IMO) a more appealing left-back target than Ben Chilwell: he's far more experienced, capped at international level, and much further along in his development. Additionally, he'd cost the same (if not less) than Chilwell, who has only three senior appearances to his name.

Worth pursuing?


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