Liverpool remain alive in the race for the São Paulo wonderkid Gustavo Maia, according to claims from Spain today.

Outlet Mundo Deportivo brings a story saying Jurgen Klopp continues to be interested in signing the 19-year-old.

Unfortunately for the Reds, Barcelona already have a pre-agreement to sign him, as they can use a clause to get the player before the 15th of July.

The Catalan side only need to pay €4m for the transfer. But since this is a time for ‘economic adjustments’, there’s no certainty on that. Liverpool are ‘pressing now’ for the player, and are ‘ready to buy him’, seemingly not as hesitant as Barcelona.

Gustavo Maia is still to make his debut for São Paulo’s first team. He caught attention from European sides when playing the Copa São Paulo, which is the biggest youth tournament in Brazil.

The youngster’s agent has recently admitted the player is ‘almost certainly’ leaving the club in the next transfer window.