By Dominic Toner
Liverpool scout Fernando Troiani has revealed that the club are interested in Brazil Olympics star Luan but insists no bid was made in the summer window.
Website Tribal football report that the club’s south American scout has confirmed interest in the Brazilian forward, who currently plays in his homeland with Gremio.
South American broadcaster Futebol da Gaucha posted on Twitter last month that Liverpool had submitted a bid for Luan in the summer’s transfer window but Troiani has denied that was the case.
“It is widely known that the press are reporting, without any support, that Liverpool are interested, and we’ve made a proposal (for Luan),” he said on deadline-day, as quoted by Tribal football. “We do not know where this invention was created. But I can assure you this is not true.”
Speaking with UOL Esporte, Troiani also confirmed that he’d been watching Luan since his introduction at Gremio, but there were no plans of taking him to Liverpool this season.
Brazilian local publication Gremio ZH claimed last month that the Merseysiders were interested in the 23-year-old, in addition to Barcelona, Juventus and United.
It was reported that it would have taken a bid of over £38.8million to open talks with the Brazil Under-23 international this summer.
Luan recently won a Olympic gold medal at Rio as the home nation won the men’s football.
He had successful tournament, scoring three goal in six appearances, as he starred alongside Barcelona’s Neymar.
The attacker joined the Gremio youth ranks in 2013 from Catanduvense and enjoyed a successful campaign last season, scoring five goals and providing six assists in 22 encounters across all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp does have Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at his disposal despite not landing Luan.
The pair have started the new season in good form and helped Liverpool amass seven points from their opening four games.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he tried to sign a Champions League winner when he was at the club.