Liverpool may have preferred David Carmo to Ozan Kabak as a late January signing. That’s if a new report is anything to go by.
Fabrizio Romano claimed on deadline day that Liverpool made offers for David Carmo and Ozan Kabak. They weren’t going to sign both but they were alternatives for one another.
But as Liverpool found a deal with Schalke, Romano later tweeted that SC Braga rejected two bids for Carmo.
And now we appear to have some details of those bids.
Portuguese outlet A Bola offers an explanation. They claim Liverpool offered £3.5m as a loan fee and then £17.5m to buy 80 per cent of his rights.
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It’s common in Portuguese football for clubs to only partly own players, with a percentage of their rights belonging to a third party. Liverpool, then, would need to buy the other 20 per cent from whoever that is.
To us, this offer is particularly notable as it’s more than Liverpool gave Schalke for the loan. Which certainly begs a question – would the Reds have preferred Carmo?
Per Sky Sports, Liverpool will pay Schalke £1m to loan Kabak but that could rise to £1.5m if the spell is a success. There’s then an option to buy for £18m, potentially rising to £26.5m with add-ons.
It’s interesting, then, that Liverpool offered over twice as much to try and loan Carmo. The initial purchase fee was higher, too, assuming that last 20 per cent would take the fee over £20m.
Now, with add-ons, the Kabak deal is worth more. But Liverpool were reportedly willing to put down a higher financial commitment to sign Carmo.
The Kabak deal only ends up being worth more if he’s good, after all. The Reds appear to have backed Carmo as a more-likely success, though, by offering more as an initial fee.
Liverpool could always go back in for Carmo this summer, though. They may pass on their option to sign Kabak, leaving them open to explore other defenders.
Hopefully, Kabak is a star and stays long-term. But we can’t help but think Liverpool may have had their heart set elsewhere.