- Liverpool linked with January swoop for Brazilian winger Bernard
- Chelsea and Arsenal are also linked with a swoop for Shakhtar ace
- His contract expires next summer, £11.5m January deal touted
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Given the options on the wings for Jurgen Klopp in his current Liverpool squad, it seems strange to see the Reds linked with another.
It’s added that their reported interest could be complicated by the fact that both Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested in the Brazilian international, with Shakhtar keen to secure a transfer deal in January in order to avoid losing him for nothing at the end of the season when his contract expires.
The 25-year-old has been in decent form so far this season, scoring six goals in 18 appearances for the Ukrainian giants, with a total tally of 12 goals and 22 assists in 90 league outings since his move from Atletico MG in 2013.
Further, he’s got 15 caps for Brazil, and so he clearly has enough talent to make an impression for club and country which is what has led to the reported interest from the Premier League trio.
Add the fact that give his contract expires next summer, it’s claimed in the reports above that he could be allowed to leave for as little as £11.5m in January.
On one hand, that’s a bargain for an experienced star who can offer pace, movement and an eye for goal in the wide positions. In contrast, it could be argued that spending a little more could get you a much better player.
It’s questionable as to why Liverpool would even want another winger too with the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah producing the goods so far this season, although perhaps a lack of depth behind those two is a concern for Jurgen Klopp.
Salah in particular would be a huge loss if he were to pick up an injury, with the 25-year-old scoring 14 goals and providing four assists in 18 appearances in all competitions. In turn, finding a back-up option could be crucial although the likes of Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke are all pushing for places too.