Liverpool like the look of Otavio, according to reports. The Reds are running out of time to sign him, however.
This comes from CMJournal in Portugal. They claim Liverpool have eyes on Porto playmaker Otavio.
The Brazilian has a release clause, too, of around £35m. It expires at the end of this month, though, meaning Liverpool would need to act fast if they want him that cheap.
He signed a new contract with Porto until 2025 that comes into effect in July and that increases that clause to around £51m. A significant difference, then.
Liverpool aren’t the only party interested, either. Both Fiorentina and Valencia like Otavio, though the Reds are the ones he’s most interested in.
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Otavio to Liverpool?
A quick rundown of who Otavio is, then.
Otavio is a 26-year-old Brazilian playmaker who’s currently at FC Porto. He’s been there for seven years now, having joined from Internacional in Brazil.
Funnily enough, he was a teammate of Alisson’s for two years there, winning the State Championship twice.
It’s easy to see why Otavio would appeal to Liverpool, too. He’s a creative player who picked up eight assists in Liga NOS last season but he did it from virtually every position in the forward line.
He most often played from the left but Otavio started games from the right, centrally, from deep positions and from further forward. He’s a very versatile player and one who could easily slot in with Liverpool’s other options.
Otavio is also someone who picked up form towards the end of the campaign. He registered four assists in his last seven games as Porto tried to beat Sporting to the title.
Do we actually think Liverpool are interested, though? We’re not sure. This one does feel a little like a typical transfer window story. We haven’t seen any other strong links between the two.
There’s another factor, too. Even if Liverpool do like Otavio, the Athletic says they must sell players before buying this summer.
It’s hard to see how they could get in before that clause leaps in price, then. For that reason in particular, we wouldn’t hold our breath.