In Focus: Liverpool will hope Luan can solve thier centre-forward issue

According to reports in The Mirror, Liverpool are closing in on the £26m signing of Gremio midfielder Luan.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has been targeting the forward for a year after he impressed for Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games in his home country, and he is keen to bring him to Anfield to link up with fellow Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

The 24-year-old turned down a new deal to stay with Gremio last month, and he now has just a year remaining on his current contract.

Klopp believes he is now closing in on a £26m deal for the player described as the ‘new Ronaldinho’, which could be sealed if Liverpool secure a top-four finish in the Premier League in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Would he be a good signing for Liverpool?

The attacker scored 12 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions for Gremio last season and he if can make a similar impact to the one that both Coutinho and Firmino have made at Anfield, then he will certainly be a good addition.

He has started off the 2017 campaign in fine form too having netted three goals in three matches in the Libertadores.

Where would he fit in?

As Gabriel Jesus has done following his move to Manchester City, Luan can play through the middle for Liverpool at Anfield which would mean that Roberto Firmino wouldn’t be required in the false 9 position he has often occupied this term.

That said, Klopp would also have the opportunity to interchange his front three as the 24-year-old can also operate on the right-hand side.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Luan certainly looks to have the attributes to be a success in the Premier League and Klopp will be hoping that he can make an instant impact.