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Liverpool set to miss out on eighth summer signing as Barcelona star wants move to Euro giants

Liverpool look likely to miss out on the signing of Adriano, with the Barcelona star indicating that he would prefer a move to AS Roma.

The Metro reported last week that the Reds had been cleared to complete a move for the Brazil international, who has admitted that he is considering a future away from the Nou Camp.

“Adriano wants to play, he wants more minutes and that is the only thing that makes him ponder a move away from Barca,” began the player’s agent, Paulo Afonso, speaking to El Mundo Deportivo [via the Metro].

“We are listening to offers and once we have one that convinces the player, we will meet with the club to find the best possible solution for the two parties.”

The 30-year-old arrived at the Nou Camp in 2010, and has made 170 appearances over the subsequent five years.

However, he has largely been a backup figure, rather than an established starter in Catalonia, and now appears to keen to establish him as a starter elsewhere.

Liverpool have already brought seven new additions to Anfield, and while Brendan Rodgers has invested heavily in his attack—bringing the likes of Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and James Milner to Merseyside—the side’s defence has been somewhat neglected.

Nathaniel Clyne has replaced Glen Johnson, while Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez are expected to be backup players next season.

However, Liverpool’s hopes of bringing Adriano to Anfield have been dealt a blow with the news that the player is keen on a switch to Roma.

“Roma have made a very tempting offer and Adriano feels it’s time for a change,” the player’s client told Sport [via the Mirror].

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“Now is a good time to take on a new challenge and take advantage of the opportunity to play for a big Italian club like Roma.

“Adriano has a great relationship with everyone at Barcelona and they have behaved very well toward us.

“As professionals, the situation has to be managed with intelligence and patience in order to reach an agreement over a transfer.”

 

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