Wataru Endo to Liverpool will soon be officially announced. Of course, the Reds are pushing hard to balance their midfield with a new defensive midfielder.
Apparently, Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t been able to replace Moisés Caicedo and Roméo Lavia. They lost the two brilliant midfielders to Chelsea this summer’s transfer window.
The Reds are ready to sign the 19-year-old Belgian from Southampton. However, the Belgian youngster chose the West London club over the Reds.
Also, the same thing applied to Moisés Caicedo. Liverpool offered a fee of £115 million to Brighton Albion for the Ecuadorian youngster. But he also chose the Blues family.
Therefore, despite the fact that they have signed Wataru Endō from Stuttgart. The Reds are still hell-bent on signing another defensive midfielder this summer transfer window.
Obviously, Liverpool lacked a standard DM in their Premier League game against Chelsea. So, Jurgen Klopp’s side wants to fill the gap in the squad.
Chelsea now have Enzo, Caicedo, and Lavia. Arsenal have Rice, Partey, and Havertz, while Manchester United have Casemiro, Fernandes, and Eriksen.
However, Liverpool only have Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. Of course, they won’t be able to go far in all competitions this season, particularly in the Premier League.
As a result, they want to secure another defensive midfielder this summer. Apparently, the summer transfer window ends on September 1st, which is a few weeks away.
According to Daily Mail Sport, the Reds have the following midfielders on their radar this summer transfer window;
- Ryan Gravenberch
- Sofyan Amrabat
- Kalvin Phillips
- Joao Palhinha
- Khéphren Thuram
- Cheick Doucoure
According to several reports, Ryan Gravenberch reportedly prefers Manchester United to Liverpool. Which means he’s not really interested in joining the Reds.
Also, Jurgen Klopp’s side aren’t really considering Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina. Fabrizio Romano confirmed that the club has many options on the table.
Khéphren Thuram and Cheick Doucoure are brilliant midfielders. However, the Reds haven’t held talks with their clubs, which literally makes it an open race.
However, Liverpool have reportedly contacted Fluminense for André. They are mostly looking to bring the Brazilian youngster to Anfield this summer transfer window.
The player’s release clause is a fee of £30 million. Surprisingly, his potential can make him worth £100 million in the next two seasons, he’s actually that good as a DM.
Who is André?
The Brazilian youngster plays for Fluminense in Brazil. His story is actually interesting, showing off his versatility as a player in the world of football.
André started his career at Fluminense as a striker. However, he didn’t get enough chances as a striker, so he switched to playing as an attacking midfielder.
At the same time, the Brazilian once played as a central midfielder. Meanwhile, the player later cemented himself as a defensive midfielder.
André stats in the Campeonato Brasileiro 2022:
73 passes per 90
92% pass accuracy
77% long passing accuracy
2.3 successful dribbles per 90
1.6 tackles won per 90
1.1 interceptions per 90
54% of all duels won
At the same time, the 22-year-old player is the best defensive midfielder in Brazil. Of course, he has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.
The Brazilian youngster can play as a CM and a DM. He’s actually a defensive midfielder with a lot of qualities, despite being just 22-year-old.
André’s defensive awareness is actually impressive. With his tackling, ball-control, and passing abilities. In all fairness, he will establish himself in the Premier League.
The Fluminense’s jewel is an all-around defensive midfielder. He does make accurate passes, either a long pass or a short pass, despite being a DM.
Chelsea were once linked with André. They targeted him as an alternative for Moisés Caicedo, because of his defensive prowess, helping the team’s performance on the pitch.
Amazingly, the Brazilian youngster can play as a single DM. At the same time, he loves to switch roles in the midfield, showing off his passing prowess against the opposition.