​Fluminense starlet Evanilson, who has been mentioned as a transfer target for Premier League leaders Liverpool, has spoken of his desire to remain with the Brazilian club, having progressed through the Fluzão academy.

His current deal at the Maracanã Stadium is due to expire in February, but the 20-year-old is eager to agree a new contract. 

Evanilson was top scorer in Brazil's under-20 league last term, leading to a call-up for the Fluminense senior side.

The young forward has struck two goals in his three appearances for Marco Aurélio de Oliveira's men this campaign, with ​Liverpool hoping to take advantage of his situation in Rio de Janeiro as they look to ​sign him on a free transfer in the new year.

However, it seems the Reds may miss out on Evanilson in light of recent comments made by the youngster, who said of his future (as quoted by ​Sport Witness): "Let’s see. The league is over now. I’ll see with my agent. 

"Let’s sit down with Fluminense’s board and sort the best situation for me. We’ve been negotiating for a long time. We are seeing what is best. These goals help a lot. 

"I’m waiting to see what will happen. I don’t know. I can’t talk yet. It’s a club that opened its doors to me. I’m very happy and I really want to stay."

Takumi Minamino

On Sunday, Evanilson struck a double to help the Fluzão down Corinthians 2-1 in Serie A, with that result ensuring Fluminense would finish 14th in the table.

Though Liverpool might have to delay plans to bring add the striker to their squad, Jurgen Klopp's side could still be adding new talent to their team this winter after learning of a £7.25m release-clause in Takumi Minamino's contract with Red Bull Salzburg.

The Merseysiders had been plotting to raid the Austrians in the summer, but they've now stepped up their interest and ​could make a move next month.

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