According to fresh reports coming from Brazil over the past day, Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to sign extremely talented Brazilian forward Luan before the summer transfer window ends.
Globoesporte understands that Jurgen Klopp is prepared to rival Russian Premier League outfit Spartak Moscow, who have made a bid of £18million, in the race for the 24-year-old’s signature.
And the report goes on to say that Liverpool sent a scouting team to watch Luan play for Gremio in their Copa Libertadores tie against Godoy Cruz on Wednesday night as they contemplate an offer.
Who is Luan Guilherme de Jesus Vieira?
Born in Sao Jose do Rio Preto, a city located in Sao Paulo, Luan’s footballing education began by playing futsal – a five-a-side indoor game – before joining local football side Tanabi at 11-years-old.
From there he moved to his hometown team America SP, spending a season there, before eventually ending up in the youth system at Gremio, a side that plays in the Brazilian top division.
He made his first-team debut at Gremio within a year of arriving and hasn’t looked back since, racking up 182 appearances for them in the past three years and winning the Copa do Brasil in 2016.
During that time he has caught the attention of sides across Europe by scoring 53 goals, becoming the highest-ever goal-scorer (29) at Gremio’s home stadium, and he earnt himself a call-up for Brazil’s 2016 Olympics squad where he thrived and scored three times as they beat Germany to the gold medal.
Since then he’s made his full international debut, coming on as a second-half substitute during Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win over Colombia, and is now aiming to be considered for the 2018 World Cup.
Would he be able to adapt to the Premier League?
The Premier League is so vastly different to the Brazilian Serie A that it’s hard to assume that a player could seamlessly fit in, with a far more tactical approach needed to live in England’s top-flight.
But on paper Luan has all of the attributes needed to succeed and have a real impact, being fiercely quick on and off the ball and having the skills and trickery needed to leave defenders dumbfounded.
Much like Roberto Firmino, he comes in the typical South American mould, willing to chase the ball until the final whistle, hustle and harry defenders and beat an opponent with a simple drop of the shoulder.
Yet more than this he has an intelligence to his play that makes him aware of his teammate’s positions on the field, and often his clever runs off the ball opens up space for them to run into.
With fellow Brazilians Firmino and Philippe Coutinho also residing at Liverpool it could make the youngster settle into life in England quicker too, and he could build up a neat on-field relationship.
It’s likely Luan will be thinking of the World Cup that’s fast approaching on the horizon, and to put himself in the limelight he needs to make a move to Europe and shine – and Liverpool may be the place for him to do just that.
How likely is a move to Anfield?
Just a few weeks ago it appeared that any chance of negotiating a move to Merseyside had gone after other sides had entered the race, but Coutinho’s uncertain future has seen renewed interest.
Yet, after signing Mohamed Salah from Roma earlier in the window it could turn out that Klopp no longer sees the need for Luan as his attacking options are strong enough, therefore killing any move.