David Carmo was on the brink of a move to Liverpool, according to his manager. The Reds could go back for the player.
Fabrizio Romano claimed after the transfer deadline that Liverpool had two bids turned down for David Carmo. He wasn’t the only one to say that, either.
Record in Portugal also says there was at least one offer, only for SC Braga to say no. They didn’t have enough time to find a replacement, it seems.
And finally AS, while reporting Real Madrid’s interest, says Liverpool turned down Braga’s proposed price.
Well, it seems it’s all true. Braga boss Carlos Carvalhal has said on Portuguese TV that Carmo ‘had one foot in Liverpool’.
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“David Carmo had one foot in Liverpool”, he told RTP (at around 39 minutes).
“On the day the market closed before 4pm, I was looking for alternatives because I was convinced that David Carmo would go to Liverpool.”
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Everything suggests Liverpool were actually quite high on Carmo, even if they ultimately didn’t get him. The chance is there to go back, however.
The Reds signed Ozan Kabak instead, of course. But the Turkey international isn’t a permanent signing – Liverpool have to pay £18m to secure him long-term.
It means the club can go back on that and sign someone else. That’ll only realistically happen if they either don’t rate Kabak or find someone they think is potentially brilliant.
Could that player be Carmo, though? He was their alternative, it seems, and they reportedly offered more for him than they did Kabak.
It all depends whether Carmo was a desperation alternative or the no.1 choice. We just don’t know that yet but we should have a better idea come the end of the season.
The one with the real power here is Kabak. If he performs over the next few months, the centre-back role is his and Liverpool will forget all about Carmo.