Liverpool failed with their pursuit of David Carmo, according to reports. The Reds had serious interest in the defender.
Fabrizio Romano claimed on deadline day that Liverpool were in pursuit of two defenders – Ozan Kabak and David Carmo. They’d only sign one of them but were negotiating for both.
Liverpool signed Kabak in the end, of course, but it seems their interest in Carmo was very real. A Bola, too, claim the Reds bid.
And now Romano has detailed the situation on his Here We Go podcast.
“Before moving on Kabak during the morning of the deadline day, they were trying for David Carmo from Baga,” said Romano. “So, they made an official bid during the night and Braga turned it down, because they wanted €30 million (£26m) guaranteed – his release clause.
“While Kabak was having medical, they were trying also with Carmo because they wanted two big options to be ready if some problems was coming up with Schalke.
“They are so happy with Kabak, but David Carmo was really really close to joining Liverpool. He was a serious option, and I will say keep an eye on this guy.”
What RTK has to say
It appears Liverpool took nothing for granted on deadline day. They cast about as wide a net as possible – there are at least eight defenders they asked about.
And it’s no real surprise that they tried for Carmo. He’s a big talent, still just 21, and has the right physical profile.
But it clearly wasn’t meant to be. They secured a cheaper deal for Kabak and it appears Braga wouldn’t budge on that release clause.
The Kabak deal is only an option to buy, though. Liverpool could move on again in the summer and so as Romano says, Carmo is still one to keep an eye on.