Arsenal and Liverpool are both reportedly interested in signing Gremio forward Luan.
The Brazilian has previously been linked with a move to Liverpool, but the recent news that he would not be signing a new contract with Gremio has sparked more Interest from Liverpool and new suitors Arsenal.
It seemed that Luan would be on his way to Spartak Moscow for £18m earlier this Summer, but that deal collapsed, and Zero Hoya are now reporting that Liverpool and Arsenal are keen to sign the 24-year-old.
Liverpool and Arsenal have already strengthened their squads this summer, but Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal will need to clear some fringe players before they add any more new signings.
“The number (in the squad) is too high. We will let some players go.” Said Wenger.
“Too much competition for places is detrimental, but not enough competition for places is detrimental as well.
As for Liverpool, the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona seems imminent, and Luan could be one of the players that Liverpool will look to as a potential replacement or squad player.
Luan only has one ap for the Brazilian national team, but he is expected to be a part of the squad that will face Colombia and Ecuador in the upcoming World cup qualifiers.
The Daily Mirror reported Luan has drawn comparisons with Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho in the past. And while that praise may be a little effusive, he’s a vibrant talent.
South American football expert Tim Vickery commented on how enjoyable the Gremio man is to watch:
Brazilian media now saying Luan's move to Spartak has stalled, Liverpool and Arsenal ready to fight it out – lovely player, watching him now
— Tim Vickery (@Tim_Vickery) August 9, 2017
Luan is such a smart forward. He is versatile, is clever in his positioning and, as you’d expect from a Brazil international, plays the game with a degree of flair.
As writer Rupert Fryer noted, while he’s capable of individual moments of inspiration, the forward is very much a team player:
Luan has that rare, priceless ability of making everyone around him better. How scouts haven't raved about him to top Euro clubs a mystery.
— Rupert Fryer (@Rupert_Fryer) August 7, 2017
Liverpool are not in desperate need of a forward. In Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi they have options to lead the line, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are also adept at playing up top.
Still, Luan is a unique talent and has the potential to ignite a side if he were to move to Europe. The Reds would be smart to take a punt on him.