Joel Matip Replacement: Liverpool Get Green Light to Pursue Transfer of £25 Million Youngster

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Liverpool have received the green light to proceed with their pursuit of Lucas Beraldo, as Sao Paulo are set to capitalise on the defender, according to 90MIN.

Beraldo, who marked his debut for Sao Paulo in the latter part of 2022, has recently concluded his first full season at the senior level. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the club’s historic accomplishment of clinching the Copa do Brasil.

The rapid ascent of Beraldo has captured Liverpool’s attention, as they seek to secure a defender during the winter transfer window to fill the void left by the injured Joel Matip. Reports from 90min suggest that Sao Paulo are prepared to engage in negotiations for the defender’s transfer this winter.

Beraldo is under contract until June 2026, and Liverpool would reportedly need to spend approximately £25m for any potential transfer, according to TeamTalk.

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Nevertheless, Liverpool face tough competition from other European clubs such as Manchester City, Tottenham, Bayern Munich, and Lyon, all expressing interest in the 20-year-old player.

Are Liverpool Targeting Lucas Beraldo as Joel Matip Replacement?

Despite the challenging summer transfer window, Liverpool made significant progress in addressing squad gaps. They successfully integrated players like Alexis MacAllister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endō, and Ryan Gravenberch, all of whom have made valuable contributions this season.

However, the team’s focus on improvement persists, particularly in the defensive aspect, with Beraldo being the top priority on their list.

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Liverpool given green light to pursue Lucas Beraldo transfer as possible Joel Matip replacement

Beraldo has captured significant acclaim through his poised performances in the central defense. With a height of 6ft 1, he participated in 47 matches across different competitions this season, leading his team to an 11th-placed position in the Brazilian Serie A and securing victory in the Copa Do Brazil.

Having exceeded the milestone of 50 senior-level appearances in Brazilian football, Beraldo emerges as one of South America’s highly-regarded up-and-coming emerging talents from Sao Paulo, joining the ranks of 23-year-old midfielder Rodrigo Nestor and 21-year-old Pablo Maia.

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Nevertheless, following the customary path witnessed in Brazilian football, where exceptional players frequently draw the interest of affluent European clubs, Sao Paulo’s general manager, Rui Costa, pragmatically recognizes that the future prospects of these talented individuals are probably destined elsewhere.

This steadfast belief held by Costa resonates harmoniously with Liverpool’s sporting director, Jorg Schmadtke, who aspires to outpace European competitors in securing the young talent.

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