26 Mar 2017

Next 'Neymar'? Liverpool pushing to sign exciting €45m Brazil sensation with 'amazing' talent

Liverpool are reportedly back in the race to sign one of Brazil's most coveted attacking players.

In August, a report on Brazilian radio station Futebol da Gaucha claimed that Liverpool had submitted an 'official offer for Gremio star Luan Vieira, and according to The Express today:

"Liverpool and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Luan this summer. The attacker’s agent is actively seeking a big-money move, club officials [may] cash in on him in the transfer window".

Gremio reportedly want €45m for Luan, and Gremio vice-president Alberto Guerra has also confirmed that the Brazilian club is open to offers:

"Every good player is targeted, and if a proposal arrives, then we will analyse it.”

Some info about Luan, who is dubiously nicknamed the 'New Neymar':

* 23-year old striker, who can also play as false-9, or a right/left-winger. Contract expires: 2018.

* Gremio: 22 goals/15 assists (37) in 96 games for Gremio (One every 202 minutes)

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Can dribble with the ball at a fast pace. Confuses defenders with split-second changes in direction. Pure magic in his feet. Luan is everywhere on the pitch and he’s happy to set up goals as well as score them"

* Aug 2016: 5 goals/assists for Brazil at the Rio Olympics.

* Feb 2015: Gremio's General Coordinator, Junior Chávare, raved: "Luan's potential is amazing, and he's only at about 55% of his ability".

* May 2015: Ex-Gremio manager Enderson Moreira's assessment: "Luan is a false-9. He spends half his time attacking/scoring, and half the time creating.

* Jul 2016: Another ex-Gremio boss, Roger Machado, is also a fan: “His [Luan's] commitment to our work is remarkable. Have you ever seen him complain about playing in different positions? I can answer this one myself: never.”

€45m sounds like wishful thinking to me (especially for a player with a comparatively average goals/assists return), but given the fees paid for comparable players (Anthony Martial, for example), it's par for the course. There's also the work permit issue to consider, though Luan's impact at the Olympics may make the application process easier.

The last player Liverpool signed from Gremio ended up staying at the club for 10 years (!)

A good target for the Reds?


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