20 Dec 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: Insider 'sources' confirm Liverpool want to sign 'fantastic' €40m Brazil sensation

After recent links to Gabriel Barbosa, Liverpool are reportedly tracking yet another Brazilian talent.

According to ESPN this week:

"Liverpool are interested in signing Santos midfielder Thiago Maia, sources have told ESPN Brasil. Zenit are the only club to have made an offer so far, but their €18 million bid was rejected".

Some info about Maia, recently described by Santos boss Dorival Junior as a 'fantastic' player:

* 19 year old defensive-midfielder. Contract expires: 2019

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "No-nonsense, tough tackling midfielder. Ability to open up play with great passing. Known for almost being carried off the pitch at the end of games...because he just can’t run anymore".

* Santos: 3 goals/assists in 90 apps. 7 apps for various Brazil youth teams.

* Aug 2016: Won an Olympic gold medal with Brazil.

* Nov 2016: When asked about PSG transfer rumours, Maia mused: "I identify with PSG. Many players say they want to play for Real or Barcelona, but I identify with PSG. I have friends there".

Santos have reportedly set a €40m transfer fee for Maia, which is obviously inflated, but as history shows, there are clubs out there who'll pay that much for a teenager. It's doubtful, however, that Liverpool will pay such an inflated fee, especially with Allan Rodrigues de Souza - a similar player - in the squad.


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