Young Brazilian striker Evanilson has spoken about his future after being watched by Liverpool scouts ahead of the January transfer window.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old after reportedly making contact with his representatives, having monitored his progress at Rio de Janeiro side Fluminese – although it is believed no official bid has yet been made.
Evanilson scored his first two goals as a professional as Fluminese beat Corinthians in the final round of fixtures of the Brazilian league.
His contract expires in February, so inevitably there is speculation he will not be back at the club next season.
And after the win over Cornthians, Evanilson spoke about the speculation linking him with Liverpool.
“Let’s see. The league is over now. I’ll see with my agent,” he said, in quotes reported by Sport Witness.
“Let’s sit down with Fluminense’s board and sort the best situation for me.
“We’ve been negotiating for a long time. We are seeing what is best.
“These goals help a lot. I’m waiting to see what will happen. I don’t know. I can’t talk yet. It’s a club that opened its doors to me. I’m very happy and I really want to stay.”
Evanilson was the top scorer in Brazil’s under-20 league last season, and had a short loan spell at Slovakian club Samorin, where he scored three goals in six appearances.
His goalscoring form has alerted Liverpool, who had been monitoring Evanilson and made contact with his representatives, according to Brazilian outlet Netflu.
With Evanilson’s contract expiring in February, Fluminese could be prepared to sell for around £4million rather than lose him for nothing next year.
Brazilian football journalist Robbie Blakely told Football Whisper: “Fluminense are cash-strapped so even if a bid was something like £4million, a relative pittance for a Premier League club, that converts into roughly 21 million reais, a fortune for the club in their current predicament.
“Brazilian teams love selling to the Premier League, and China, but not just because of the money on offer. The exposure they receive benefits them in the long run.”