Recently, Gremio striker Luan became the target of the frantic Googlings of Liverpool fans searching for highlights of the 24-year-old striker who, according to rumblings in Brazil, was set to sign for the club. A £26M deal was said to be done, and personal terms weren't expected to be an issue.
Gremio president Romildo Bolzan, though, doesn't think Reds fans should expect his arrival any time soon, framing the rumours of a Liverpool done deal as nothing more than the work of a player's agent desperate to get a new deal for his client—a client whose stock in Brazil has fallen over the past season.
"Luan is a player who said he would have proposals," noted Bolzan when asked about the supposed Liverpool deal. "So far, none have come except one about three years ago, when he was on a different level. We have had no approach, no proposal. We absolutely have had no concrete proposals."
It is perhaps worth noting that Luan has been linked with a Liverpool move before. Last summer, there were rumours out of Brazil that he was set for a £39M move to Anfield. They seemed fanciful at the time, grossly inflated at best, and were quickly dismissed by journalists with ties to the club.
Now, a year on, with his contract down to its final year and following a solid but unspectacular season for Gremio, Liverpool being linked again for a £26M fee that only seems reasonable by comparison to last summer's £39M should have done little more than raise skeptical eyebrows.
For most, it did. For anyone who wasn't instantly skeptical of the brief flurry of reports linking Luan with a move to Anfield when the transfer window opens, Bolzan's words on the matter would seem to put a fairly convincing end to the matter. Luan to Liverpool isn't going to happen.
Now we just have to wait until the next January transfer window, when if Luan hasn't secured a new Gremio deal, it seems a near certainty that his agent will once again throw Liverpool's name out to the press in an effort to get one done.