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Liverpool-linked 'next Ronaldinho' in transfer talks with Premier League rivals

Luis Guilherme controls the ball during a match between Gremio and Palmeiras.
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Liverpool's owner, Fenway Sports Group, is on the hunt for another soccer team to add to its portfolio and it would be interesting if that move was made in South America.

That is a market that hasn't been fully explored by the Reds in recent times, though new technical director Pedro Marques has some expertise in the region. And it can help cut out the expensive transfer middle man if signings can be made straight from some of Brazil's best clubs rather than allowing them to move, say, to Portugal first.

Real Madrid is perhaps the club that has had the most success with spending big on the next big thing in Brazil in recent times, having been desperate not to miss out on another Neymar after he went to Barcelona. But Premier League clubs are now getting in on the act as well, with Chelsea among those to be exploring that market more and more.

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Liverpool has been linked with similar moves too. Now, though, West Ham United is in talks over a transfer deal for 18-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Luis Guilherme. According to Sky Sports News, the Palmeiras wonderkid is of interest to a 'number' of clubs ahead of the summer window, with the Daily Mail putting Liverpool's name in the mix in April.

Guilherme has already been branded the 'new Ronaldinho' in Brazil because of supposed similarities with the former Barcelona and AC Milan icon. Ronaldinho was 21 when he left Gremio for Europe and PSG but Guilherme would be even younger.

Speaking to Globo in 2021, he admitted he has another idol, saying: "Lionel Messi is the player I like to watch the most and I always follow him. For me, he is the best in the world. He is my great inspiration."

Guilherme's teammate Endrick, meanwhile, is set to join Real Madrid this summer in a $78m (£61m/€72m) deal. Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus also came through the ranks with the Brazilian club before moving to Manchester City, who has also signed Julian Alvarez directly from South America.

Liverpool.com says: Exploring the South American market would be an exciting next step for Liverpool to make. The Reds have been transfer experts under the likes of Michael Edwards in the recent past but that seems like an untapped area of recruitment. Having another club in the FSG group that could help facilitate that would be ideal.