Fluminense midfielder Andre has agreed personal terms over a move to Liverpool, according to a report.
The Reds have been strongly linked with the 22-year-old for some time and allegedly failed with a £25m bid in the summer.
Andre eventually stayed put at Fluminense, who were keen to keep hold of their star midfielder for their run to the Copa Libertadores final – the Brazilian club will attempt to win the competition for the first time in their history when they face Boca Juniors on Saturday.
The Bahia-born midfielder has recently opened up on his decision to remain at Fluminense in the summer and help the club in their quest for Copa Libertadores glory.
However, Andre has also refused to rule out a January move to Europe amid interest from Liverpool and Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Indeed, Arsenal are understood to have entered the race for Andre’s signature, with Mikel Arteta believed to have identified the midfielder as a possible replacement for Thomas Partey.
However, Liverpool appear to have stolen a march of the Gunners as journalist Francois Plateau, via The Sun, claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side have reached a verbal agreement with Andre over personal terms.
Liverpool are yet to agree a deal with Fluminense, though, and there is still work to be done to fend off interest from other potential suitors including Arsenal.
It is thought that the Merseysiders will step up their pursuit of Andre ahead of the January transfer window, with Klopp keen to recruit a new holding midfielder following the departure of Fabinho last summer.
Summer signing Alexis Mac Allister has operated in a deeper midfield role so far this season, as has fellow new recruit Wataru Endo, but the potential addition of Andre would help bolster their options further in that department.
Andre has established himself as a first-team regular with Fluminense since making his senior debut in September 2020, and he is expected to make his 161 appearance for the club in Saturday’s Copa Libertadores final.
Fluminense’s No.7, who made his international debut for Brazil in June, is under contract at the Brasileiro club until December 2026 and is represented by the same agent – Jorge Mendes – as Liverpool pair Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota.