Liverpool transfer target Gabriel Moscardo is expected to leave Corinthians when the January transfer window opens, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Barcelona have also been mentioned as a potential suitor for the holding midfielder but, speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano said that a transfer to the Premier League is more likely:
“From what I’m hearing, the idea is for Moscardo to transfer in the January window, not in the summer, to leave Corinthians in January, with big Premier League clubs keen on signing him.”
“Keep an eye on the Premier League for this boy. For Barca it’s difficult, but for English clubs, it could be a very big opportunity.”
Liverpool will have to fend off other Premier League clubs to sign Moscardo
Arsenal have been linked with the Brazilian in recent days but it is thought that Chelsea are the club that will present the biggest challenge for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Blues had offers rejected by Corinthians for Moscardo back in the summer and reports in Brazil are now saying that they have made another bid which is worth in excess of €25m (£22m).
Why are Liverpool pursuing the midfielder?
It is believed that the Reds have cooled their interest in Fluminense’s Andre, with the likes of Fulham and Manchester United said to have taken the lead in the battle to sign the 22-year-old.
From the looks of things, it appears as if the Merseyside club have turned their attention towards Moscardo as an alternative. He does lack Andre’s experience but it may be the case that scouts believe the teenager has more potential.
Moscardo only made his senior debut in late June but he has already established himself as a regular starter, having made 22 appearances for the first team.