Although Spartak Moscow seem very keen on signing the Grêmio star Luan, there have been some interesting updates in Brazil which gave Liverpool, and even Arsenal, a chance.

First, Zero Hora said both Liverpool and Arsenal could try to scupper the Russian side’s deal. They didn’t give many details on their story, and only said the English clubs would be preparing attempts to land the attacker.

Then other websites came up with a story saying Liverpool would send a representative to watch Grêmio’s Libertadores match last night. Even the club president Romildo Bolzan Junior commented on the rumours, and told the local press: “The deal (with Spartak) is on stand by. There are a number of issues, we are trying to see whether they happen, contract, percentage split, payment deadlines, which is the only thing that is more or less close. If Liverpool have a bid, it better be made soon.”

Grêmio had already defeated Argentine side Godoy Cruz 1-0 in the round-of-16’s first leg, and only needed a home draw to qualify for the quarter-finals. Still, the Brazilian club managed a 2-1 comeback win in great style, with Luan having a good game.

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But Sport Witness spoke to sources from the Brazilian club, and heard that there were no scouts at Arena do Grêmio last night.

We’ve previously also learned there was ‘just smoke’ regarding Liverpool’s interest in the player, as nothing official had arrived to Grêmio.

Although there are details still to be sorted, Spartak Moscow are alone in the lead to sign Luan. There’s no other club providing big competition for them, despite the speculation.