Fluminense’s midfielder André’s future at the club is uncertain as potential offers could change the situation within 48 hours. In a press conference held at CT Carlos Castilho on Tuesday (30), Mário Bittencourt, Fluminense’s president, shed light on the situation. He mentioned that there are currently no official offers on the table but acknowledged that they could arrive. However, the club’s management is considering the transfer of the talented midfielder.
According to Bittencourt, the club had received a proposal from Liverpool last year, offering €30 million (approximately R$ 161.4 million at the current exchange rate), plus additional bonuses. However, the offer was rejected as both the club and the player had previously agreed that André would not leave until the end of the year, with the goal of winning the Libertadores. Bittencourt believes that this decision paid off. Another English club made a second proposal, but it was significantly lower than the previous €30 million offer, and it was also turned down by Fluminense.
Bittencourt reassured fans by stating that there is no cause for concern regarding André’s future. He emphasized that the player’s mentality is strong and they have regular conversations to keep each other informed. At the moment, there are only preliminary inquiries from undisclosed clubs. The transfer window will close in two days. There are two possible scenarios: a satisfactory offer could arrive in the next 48 hours, leading to an immediate sale and departure, or a potential transfer in the middle of the year. Bittencourt emphasized that the situation does not worry the club, as they have a transparent and honest relationship with André and his agent, Carlos Leite.
Fluminense’s president also touched upon the decision to reject Liverpool’s excellent proposal in the past, reasoning that they prioritized the sporting aspect and did not want to jeopardize their chances of success in the Libertadores. Bittencourt acknowledged that he received criticism for this decision but remains confident in the club’s strategy. He believes that a transfer will likely occur by the middle of the year, as it is an important aspect of Fluminense’s planning and crucial for André’s career progression.