Fluminense manager provides big Andre Trindade transfer update after Liverpool summer interest
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Fluminense boss Fernando Diniz has confirmed that Liverpool summer target Andre Trindade's departure is 'imminent'.
The Reds made a move for the midfielder in August following the surprise exits of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. However, Fluminense rebuffed Liverpol's proposal as they did not want to lose a key player in the middle of the Brazilian season - and were in pursuit of being crowned Copa Libertadores champions.
Flu indeed won their maiden South American title with a 2-1 victory over Boca Juniors last month. Andre has been given Fluminense's blessing to depart the club when the January window opens. However, Liverpool appear to have dropped out of the race and reports have suggested that Fulham are leading the way to sign the 22-year-old, while Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil after a 1-0 win over Sao Paulo, Diniz admitted he's planning for life without Andre. He said: “I really liked both of them (Matheus Martinelli and Alexsander). André’s departure is imminent and they are two players who were trained at Fluminense and who, both of them, have had very good times and have had good times again here at the club. Apart from them, we have other possibilities, but I think they’re players I’m counting on a lot for next year."