Liverpool could repeat Diaz transfer trick with £26.3m midfielder as Real Madrid plan hijack – opinion

If rumors are to be believed, there is a very real possibility that Real Madrid could win the race for another midfield goal potentially less than a year after beating Liverpool against Aurelien Tchouameni.

We’re not talking about Jude Bellingham in this case – although Los Blancos are also believed to be interested in the Borussia Dortmund prodigy – but 21-year-old Flamengo star Joao Gomes.

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According to ESPN’s Martin Liberman on Twitter, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are already preparing a €30m (£26.3m) transfer for the talented Brazilian.

He’s a player we know Liverpool have already sent scouts to watch, so there is interest on our side, although, in a similar vein to the possible Real Madrid move, it’s unclear when, if ever, we’ll be ready to evolve. that interest in an offer of some kind.

Fabrizio Romano confirms that LFC sent scouts to observe the Brazilian sensation amid reports of a possible transfer in January

We are no longer the club that would be so ruthlessly bullied in the market when it comes to our top stars and the shortlisted ones on our recruiting team, and Julian Ward and company won’t be forced to make a move that they don’t feel. good for the club

That said, if the understanding is that the Championship Brasileiro Serie A man has the talent ceiling to make the grade at Anfield, even if, as Fabrizio Romano puts it, ‘he needs a few steps before he’s ready for Liverpool level’, I would? Wouldn’t it be a mistake to allow Real Madrid to steal a march here?

In recent history, we have seen the club’s transfer plans active several months in advance when it becomes clear that a transfer hijack could be about to happen, notably as it did with the acquisition of former FC Porto ace Luis Diaz.

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An unsuccessful £86m bid for Federico Valverde (24), according to a report by Artur Petrosyan, should be a clear warning to Liverpool.

We cannot afford to allow a player like Gomes, or anyone else who also catches the eye of the Champions League champions, to close the development gap in the Spanish capital.

At 21 years of age, and about to turn 22 before the next summer window, we would be investing in a young star who exactly fits our ideal age profile.

If we’re convinced the midfielder can make an impact on Merseyside, Madrid’s £26.3m valuation (if he’s to Flamengo’s liking) isn’t much of a gamble.

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