Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Tracking Young Portuguese Defensive Midfielder

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIAugust 25, 2011

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has already splashed out almost £50 million this summer, and he does not appear to be done.

Dalglish has been rumoured to be looking to add more strength to the centre of his midfield, and according to a report by, he is ready to solve his problem with Parma starlet Danilo Pereira.

The news comes after Liverpool reportedly completed the signing of Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates

Pereira is a 6'1" defensive midfielder who is considered to be one of the brightest European prospects at the position. He signed for Parma on a free transfer last summer, but he has yet to make his senior debut for the club. The Guinea-Bissau-born youngster was also a key part of the Portugal team that finished second in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

The 19-year-old would join a logjam of centre midfielders at Anfield. He plays a very similar game to former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira, a breed of player that would be welcomed at Liverpool.

While Lucas has grown into an effective and reliable defensive midfielder, he is by no means the same tough tackling player that Vieira was. Dalglish could certainly use some power in the heart of his midfield.

He could cost Liverpool anywhere between £5 million and £10 million. 

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