Sao Paulo forward Gustavo Maia looks to be heading for Barcelona, despite his agent confirming Liverpool’s interest in the youngster.
Tuttomercatoweb claimed over the weekend that Liverpool are seemingly primed to make their move to sign the player to give their attacking options more depth.
Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) also suggested Liverpool were keen on the 19-year-old, but it now seems as though Jurgen Klopp will be beaten to the player by Barcelona.
Barca are thought to have first option on his transfer after putting down a £900,000 payment to secure his services, but the Catalan giants will need to pay another £3.2million before July 30 to secure Maia’s services, as per Marca, via The Boot Room.
Now the player’s agent Nilson Moura says Barcelona are his number one choice and the Catalans have apparently stepped up their efforts to sign the attacker.
“There were higher offers, but he always wanted to play for Barcelona,” Moura said, as cited by 90min.
“He said it even a few years ago in an interview and we saw it well also because his style combines perfectly with that of Barça.
“[Barcelona] came to see him at the São Paulo Cup . He scored three goals and we started to negotiate.
“They did not even intend to close anything now but since there was interest from other clubs such as Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, they hurried up.”