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Liverpool force Porto into £35m question with reported interest in 2 players

Liverpool have interest in two Porto players, according to reports. The Reds can force the Liga NOS side into a decision.

A Bola claims Liverpool are really pushing forward with Otavio. The Brazilian playmaker is currently at Porto and is in an interesting contract situation.

He’s signed a new deal that pushes his release clause to around £52m, only it doesn’t come into effect until July. His old/current contract has a release clause, too – around £35m.

Clubs can still use the lower clause, then, but only this week. After that, it jumps nearly £20m.

We wonder if Liverpool can keep any fee below that £52m, though. We’ve mentioned before that they could potentially use Marko Grujic to negotiate a lower fee – the Serbian was on loan at Porto last season.

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But that might not be the only way.

Liverpool chase Porto players

CMJournal believes Liverpool like Fabio Vieira. He’s another Porto player but one who doesn’t get into the side all that often.

That’s because he’s another playmaker – Vieira can’t get past Otavio in the pecking order. The youngster is still a huge talent in his own right, though, given he’s just won Best Player at the Under 21 Euros.

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Vieira is also definitely Porto’s insurance policy against losing Otavio. He’s there to step up immediately should the Brazilian leave, not costing Porto a penny.

Liverpool, though, threaten to take that away. If they don’t sign Otavio – or can’t for a fee below £52m – the Reds may settle for Vieira.

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CMJournal’s report suggests he’d cost as little as £17m, making him a bargain alternative if he’s even relatively close in ability or potential.

If Porto lose Vieira, Otavio’s release clause becomes quite a bit more dangerous. But it also comes down to another factor – who would they rather lose?

Vieira appears to be someone with great potential and keeping him might be preferable to keeping Otavio. £35m and Vieira or £17m and Otavio? We think the former might be preferable to Porto.

They’d get a lot more money and have a player who could reach Otavio’s level in a year or two. We imagine they could comfortably tie the Portuguese playmaker down to a new contract with the promise of first-team football, too.

So while Liverpool do have a small amount of time to use Otavio’s release clause, we think their supposed interest in Vieira could keep that fee below £52m regardless.

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