By Alex Stevens
Liverpool Under-23s coach Michael Beale is set to join Brazilian club Sao Paulo, according to a reliable journalist.
The Times Merseyside correspondent Paul Joyce revealed on Friday night that the highly rated Beale has agreed a move to the south American superpower.
Joyce reported on his personal Twitter account that Beale will link up permanently with Sao Paulo although he did not confirm in what capacity.
Liverpool U23s coach Michael Beale to join São Paulo
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) December 2, 2016
However, reports in Brazil have claimed that Beale has been headhunted to take on the assistant manager’s role at the club.
Brazilian publication Globo Esporte reported that Sao Paulo manager Rogerio Ceni made contact with Beale in September and terms are close to being finalised, with a settlement expected next week.
Beale is well established on Merseyside since joining from Chelsea in 2012, and has been in charge of Liverpool Under-23s, formerly the Under-21s, since 2014.
Beale has been pictured in Brazil this week, watching Sao Paulo’s 4-0 win over Capivariano along with Ceni on Sunday, and he is set to begin learning Portuguese on taking over the role.
His apparently impending appointment is likely to free up a role at the Liverpool academy, and could lead to a return to the club for club legend Steven Gerrard, who has made no secret of his desire to take on a meaningful coaching role.
Alternatively, one of the club’s current academy coaches could step up to take on Beale’s role.
Neil Critchley is currently in charge of the Under 18s, with Des Maher coaching the Under 16s, and the duo could take a step up in roles respectively.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Jurgen Klopp insisted the Merseysiders sign this two big hitters from the Bundesliga before penning his contract.