Liverpool are close to completing the signing of highly-rated Brazilian Allan Rodrigues de Souza, according to reports on Wednesday.
(Image: Allan, pictured centre, with fellow Brazilians Coutinho and Firmino at Melwood on Tuesday)
The Daily Mail claim that a £500,000 deal for the Internacional midfielder, who trained at Melwood on Tuesday as part of a trial.
The 18-year-old reportedly impressed Liverpool coaches during the Frenz International Cup in Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur in January, starring for Internacional’s Under-18 side on their way to lifting the trophy.
Rodrigues is at his most effective in a central midfield role, using his creative wand of a left foot to great effect, producing incisive passes to his more attack-minded teammates.
Often deployed as a playmaker, the South American could play in a similar area of the pitch to Lucas, dropping deep and receiving the ball from the defence, but has far more natural talent than the 28-year-old.
The report also confirms that Liverpool are giving trials to a couple of Uruguayan teenagers, Juan Manuel Sanabria Agustin Pereira, who both play for Luis Suarez’s former club Nacional.