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Report: Liverpool target Carlos Vinicius allegedly close to new Benfica deal

According to a report from Portuguese outlet Record, Liverpool target Carlos Vinicius is on the verge of signing a new contract at Benfica.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – MARCH 2: Carlos Vinicius of SL Benfica with Mateus Pasinato of Moreirense FC in action during the Liga NOS match between SL Benfica and Moreirense FC at Estadio da Luz on March 2, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old forward joined the Primeira Liga leaders at the start of the season and has been a revelation in the Portuguese top-flight.

During his inaugural campaign with Benfica, Vinicius has clocked up 36 appearances and has already registered 20 goals while providing 12 assists which is attracting serious interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs.

The report states that Liverpool have scouted the talented forward on numerous occasions this season and that the Reds could face competition from Wolves who have a notorious recent history of looking to Portugal for talented players.

However, both teams are reportedly set to suffer a setback in their pursuit of the coveted striker with Vinicius on the verge of signing a new lucrative contract with Benfica.

In an attempt to scare off potential poachers, the Brazilian’s new and improved deal will increase his already eye-watering release clause from £90 million to a gargantuan £107.6 million, which would put Benfica in a position of strength when the upcoming transfer window does eventually reopen.

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According to The Independent, Liverpool are also interested in Timo Werner which would suggest Jurgen Klopp is desperate to bolster up his attacking options next season with Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi currently his only central options in the forward line.

Benfica’s Brazilian forward Carlos Vinicius (L) heads the ball with Gil Vicente’s Brazilian defender Ygor Nogueira during the Portuguese league football match between Gil Vicente FC and SL Benfica at the Cidade de Barcelos stadium in Barcelos on February 24, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

It has been reported on numerous occasions by respected journalists such as Melissa Reddy and James Pearce that Liverpool will only pursue a transfer if they deem the move both plausible and at an acceptable cost.

Vinicius is currently still embarking on his debut season in the Portuguese top-flight and is very-much unproven in terms of the European stage.

For Liverpool to splurge out potentially £107.6 million on a player that is still discovering his trade would be rash and hugely uncharacteristic of FSG and sporting director Michael Edwards.

Also, Vinicius would most likely be forced to play as a second striker initially if he chose to make the switch to Anfield which would make the prospect of shattering the club’s record transfer fee for a back-up striker totally absurd.

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