Liverpool accused of dragging heels over Brazilian midfielder’s transfer

Date published: Saturday 4th January 2020 3:03 - Jonny Whitfield

Liverpool are making negotiations with Fluminese over the sale of Allan Rodrigues de Souza look like a “soap opera”, according to a report.

Allan, who moved to Anfield in 2015, has rarely been seen at the club after being sent on a series of loan spells in the years since his arrival.

While moves to the likes of Belgian side Sint-Truiden failed to work out, the 22-year-old has found his best form with his latest club Fluminese.

Liverpool are not interested in extending his contract, however, and with his deal set to expire in the summer, the Reds are reportedly in talks with Fluminese about a permanent transfer for the Brazilian.

Fluminese had reportedly bid for 50% of the player and, according to UOL (via Sport Witness), they wanted a decision from Liverpool by Thursday.

In response, Liverpool have been calm about the negotiations and are said to be holding out for 80%.

The source says that the Anfield side are ‘dragging out’ the talks, so much so that they are beginning to resemble a ‘soap opera’.

In December, Fluminense president Mario Bittencourt claimed his side were in talks over a permanent deal, with a contract having already been agreed with the player.

“Liverpool show no interest in renewing the loan, just in selling,” Bittencourt stated, before then claiming his side would need to find a “formula” to match the Reds’ terms.

 

 

Elsewhere, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is “not 100 per cent sure” whether new signing Takumi Minamino will make his debut in Sunday’s FA Cup third round clash with Everton.

Klopp is expected to ring the changes for the Merseyside Derby following a gruelling festive period, with Minamino one who could come in having arrived at Anfield for £7.25m last month.

It would not be the first time a player has made his debut for Liverpool in an FA Cup third round clash against the Toffees; Virgil van Dijk did the same in the 2017/18 season.

Klopp, however, said: “I think it’s pretty much the same situation, I’m not 100 per cent sure. Virg was injured before, he didn’t play for a while for Southampton.

“So, when he came in, I remember the morning session, I decided in the morning because it was not the actual plan; then, in the morning I just thought, ‘Why not? Come on, let’s give it a try.’ It was obviously a good decision that time.”

 

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