Fluminense midfielder Andre has revealed he did turn down an offer to join Liverpool in the summer transfer window.
The Reds reportedly bid €30m (£26m) for the Brazilian international but the player said he had to reject the proposal as he didn’t want to break a promise he made to his manager:
“I’ve never talked about it, the first time I’ll talk about will be now. It really was an irrefutable proposal for the club that it was, for the big league.”
“I think every player one day dreams of playing for a big club in Europe, in a big league. But I decided to keep my word because, when the January window closed [at the start of the year], [Fernando] Diniz arrived and told me that he wanted me here until the end of the year. We didn’t know that a proposal of this value would arrive.”
“I told him that, regardless of what happened, I would be there until the end of the year. It ended up passing and, reaching the middle of the year, we were still in the round of 16 of the Libertadores. It was a very difficult decision to make.”
Will Liverpool go back in for Andre in January?
It is believed that the 22-year-old could be made available for transfer once the Brazilian season ends, meaning he could be on the market in the New Year.
There have been rumours that Jurgen Klopp‘s side could reignite their interest in Andre but there has been no confirmation that will happen yet.
The Red could face competition from Premier League rivals
It has been suggested that Andre is now attracting interest from Arsenal as well. That could complicate matters, especially as their sporting director Edu has strong contacts in his home country.
However, it would be hoped that Liverpool have already done the necessary groundwork to get a deal over the line quickly in January if they do choose to go ahead with the transfer.