LIVERPOOL have agreed personal terms with one of Brazil's most highly-rated stars, reports suggest.
Fluminense ace Andre Trindade, who has also been linked with Arsenal, is said to be close to joining the Reds.
However, Liverpool appear to have stolen a march on the Gunners as they seem closer to landing the versatile midfielder.
According to sports journalist Francois Plateau, the Brazil international has already reached a verbal agreement with the Merseysiders.
However, there is no official agreement between Liverpool and Fluminense at this stage.
Jurgen Klopp's side are still facing competition as there have been other clubs getting in touch with the Brazilian club as well as Andre's camp.
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This comes amid reports claiming Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen in midfield with Thomas Partey linked with a move to Juventus.
Liverpool have been monitoring the 22-year-old since the summer but their advances were turned down due to the Copa Libertadores.
Reports suggested Klopp's side offered £25million for the No6, who can cover all positions in the middle of the park.
However, talks could move faster after Saturday's Copa Libertadores Final which will see Fluminense facing off against Boca Juniors at the Maracana.
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Andre's commitments with the Tricolor will then be completed for the season and he could thus be free to move to Anfield if his release clause is met as he still has a contract until December 31, 2026.
The defensive midfielder has amassed a total of four goals and three assists in 160 appearances for Fernando Diniz's side despite his young age.
The youngster's impressive performances also led to a senior debut with Brazil in June as well as a total of two caps.
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