Andre tipped to 'slot right in' at Liverpool amid transfer interest

Andre Trindade has been tipped to 'slot in' at Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool by a South American football expert.

The 22-year-old Fluminense midfielder is of interest to the Reds as they continue their summer rebuild, with reports suggesting a bid could be imminent.

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While the Brazil international might have a release clause of €40m (£34m), it is thought that his club would be open to a cheaper sale – but only if the buyer is prepared to wait until January.

Brazil-based South American football expert Tim Vickery spoke to Sky Sports about why it is so important that Fluminense hold onto their number seven for the rest of their season.

Vickery said: "Money talks but how loudly does it talk when the club are looking to win South America's Champions League – the Copa Libertadores – for the first time in history.

"They're in the knockout stages, they should get through next week against Argentinos Juniors, then the quarter-finals are right at the end of the month just before the window clams shut, so that is a potential complication with this deal."

When do Fluminense play in the Copa Libertadores?

Having drawn the first leg of their last 16 fixture with Argentinos Juniors, Fluminense – who sit fifth in Brazil's Serie A –host their Argentinian counterparts on Wednesday, 9 August at the Maracanã.

As noted by Vickery, should Fluminense progress, they will play their quarter final fixtures in the last week of August, adding further complications to an Andre transfer.

Another factor making Liverpool's pursuit unlikely is that the Brazilian transfer window has already closed, meaning Fluminense would not be able to bring in a replacement, should Andre leave.

Klopp ready

On whether Andre has the talent to be able to make the step up to Liverpool, Vickery was more optimistic.

"The way that Fluminense play, they're very, very front-loaded," he said. "They're a very unorthodox side and the way that they play means that it leaves a huge amount of space to cover.

"He's the man who has to cover that space so he's quick around the field, he's quick running back. They also pass out from the back in an almost suicidal manner, which means he's continually having to receive the ball close to his own goal under pressure.

"These are really honed skills that are useful for a Jurgen Klopp side. You could certainly see him slotting right in."

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