Turkish giants Fenerbahce have entered the battle to sign highly-rated forward Luan from Brazilian outfit Gremio, according to reports.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool this summer, while Sampdoria are also understood to be keen on Luan.
French outlet Foot Mercato claims that Fenerbahce have now shown an interest in the Brazil international as they look to steal a march on their rivals.
The report continues by saying that Gremio – who currently sit second in the Brasileirão, are willing to sell Luan for the right price – but so far clubs have struggled to meet their demands.
And former Brazil international Renato Gaucho thinks the Liverpool target is currently the best player in Brazilian football.
“In my opinion, Luan is the best player in Brazilian football,” he told SporTV.
“He has been playing great football, helping the team. We all know that Gremio will struggle to keep him because the proposals will appear.
“We hope he does not go, but it gets difficult with the [transfer] window and with him playing as he has been playing.
“It’s going to be a real shame. The group are strong, but of course we will feel it if this happens.
“For my part the club would never interfere in a way that holds back the player. Unfortunately nowadays the Brazilian clubs cannot compete with [those in] Europe.”