Liverpool are close to completing a £26m deal for Brazilian striker Luan, as manager Jurgen Klopp begins to turn his attentions to the summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old starred in the 2016 Olympic games, where he scored stunning goals in both the last-eight and semi-final. With just a year remaining on his contract at club-side Gremio, the forward is understood to have turned down the offer of a new deal and will likely leave in the coming months.
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The Reds are said to be leading the race to sign Luan, and reports in the Mirror suggest that they are confident that a £26m bid will be enough to see him come to Anfield.
Klopp is keen to add more firepower to his forward line and both Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho could also be key to completing the deal, as they look to convince their compatriot to join the club.
Luan’s representatives are understood to have made a recent visit to England and the Mirror claim that his agent, Gianni Losito, made contact with Liverpool officials during that time.
Dubbed the ‘next Ronaldhino’, Luan is held in high regard back in his home land and is seen as a future star along with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.
His versatile style means he could play in a number of different positions in Liverpool’s system, which typically sees three forwards utilised. He can play as a central striker or out wide, and his potential arrival is likely to cast fresh doubt over Daniel Sturridge’s future on Merseyside.
The Englishman has struggled for game time this season as he has battled a mixture of poor form and injuries. Luan appears to be a ready-made replacement for Sturridge, who may well look to leave Anfield this summer, as he looks to resurrect his stuttering career.