Report: Liverpool Join the Race to Sign Bargain Brazil International in January

Liverpool are actively exploring the possibility of signing Fluminense’s central defender Nino with the upcoming January transfer window on the horizon.

Over the weekend, the team encountered another setback in defence.

Kostas Tsimikas sustained a collarbone injury during the match against Arsenal and is expected to be sidelined for some time.

With Joel Matip and Andrew Robertson already nursing injuries, the absence of key players necessitates Joe Gomez to take on multiple defensive roles.

As a result, Liverpool are scouting for defensive reinforcements for the January window and is rumored to have set their sights on a Brazilian international.

Liverpool Eyeing Fluminense Defender Nino

Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has indicated that Liverpool are now in contention for Fluminense defender Nino.

Liverpool have reportedly requested details regarding a potential transfer for Nino during the January window.

According to Pedulla, both Roma and Feyenoord have shown interest in securing Nino’s services and are contemplating triggering his release clause.

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Nino has the option to depart from Fluminense for a fee of approximately €7 million (£6 million) before his contract concludes in December 2024.

Zenit St Petersburg has triggered the release clause for Nino. However, he has shown no inclination towards relocating to Russia. On the other hand, both Fulham and Liverpool have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Nino. They are considering a cost-effective signing in the upcoming January window.

Who is Liverpool Target Nino?

Nino originates from Recife, Brazil. He commenced his professional journey with the local team, Sport Recife. Afterward, he transitioned to Criciuma, where he participated in 83 matches for their main squad.

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Standing at a height of 6 feet 2 inches, Nino moved to Fluminense in 2019. Since then, he has accumulated close to 250 appearances for the team, which is a notable achievement, especially as Fluminense is a Copa Libertadores titleholder.

Under the leadership of Fernando Diniz, Nino’s role has been pivotal. Diniz emphasizes a bold, possession-oriented strategy, a style in which Nino thrives. Consequently, Nino earned a spot in the Brazilian national team under Diniz’s management.

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Nino exemplifies the aggressive, proactive approach commonly seen in South American centre backs. His robust physicality often places him in direct confrontations with opposing strikers. Additionally, Nino’s proficiency in advancing and distributing the ball aligns perfectly with Diniz’s tactical preferences.

However, Nino recently faced a setback during the Club World Cup final against Manchester City, netting an own goal. This development might raise eyebrows among Liverpool supporters.

Nonetheless, Liverpool have a commendable track record with Brazilian players like Alisson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino. Thus, there’s potential interest in recruiting Nino to further bolster their squad.

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