Liverpool have established contact with Sao Paulo’s Igor Gomes in an attempt to add creative options to their midfield.
According to a report from Esporte Interativo (h/t TEAMtalk), Liverpool have submitted an enquiry for Igor Gomes who currently plays for Sao Paulo in the Brasileiro Serie A.
Gomes came through Sao Poulo’s youth ranks and was officially promoted to the first-team in the winter prior to the start of the 2019 campaign. He has since been courted by several top clubs including the likes of Ajax, Sevilla and Barcelona among others.
The 21-year-old made 27 appearances last season, out of which only 11 were starts, though. He was an instrumental figure for the team, scoring two goals and setting up two more. His numbers might seem low, but Gomes showed signs of promise and potential last year.
Liverpool have made an enquiry with the Brazilian’s agent and are the front-runners to secure his services despite Real Madrid being keen to sign him.
The Reds have the likes of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana on their payroll right now, but this midfield clearly lacks a creative and goal-scoring presence, something they can add through Igor Gomes.
The youngster is touted to be the next Kaka due to his stellar runs from attacking midfield and a knack for shots and goals. Gomes also has the eye for a pass and can play that killer final ball that usually comes from one of Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andrew Robertson.
They lack a dynamic presence in midfield that can shuttle laterally and join the attack in the final third. Roberto Firmino often has to take this role which has meant a dip in his goal-scoring form. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have taken that load from Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s system.
Speaking of Brazilians, Liverpool have been lucky with the high quality of Brazilians they boast of right now and in the past. This is a list that includes Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva and the aforementioned Firmino among others.
Gomes is rated at €50 million by Sao Paulo, and a transfer for that kind of money might be difficult in the coronavirus-hit football market. However, Liverpool must move fast if they want to sign the highly-rated Brazilian, otherwise some other club in Europe will.