Liverpool appear to see great value in Liga NOS. Reports link them with several players from Portugal’s Primeira Liga.
No one’s 100% sure what Liverpool are going to do in this transfer window. They’ve certainly got plenty of options, though.
That’s judging by the sheer amount of reports linking them with players. There are plenty every year, of course, but this year is taking it to new levels.
What’s particularly interesting, though, is the number coming from Portugal. It’s not a league where Liverpool have traditionally sought deals but it seems they see great value there at the moment.
Liverpool target Liga NOS?
Multiple reports in Portugal claim Liverpool like Otavio. The FC Porto playmaker has a release clause of around £35m, per A Bola, but it jumps up significantly next month.
Then we’ve got Record claiming that Liverpool are still very much looking at Nuno Mendes from Sporting. The teenage left-back just helped his club to the title and he looks like one of the brightest talents in Europe right now.
CMJournal reported a month ago that Liverpool have another Porto player in mind, too – Fabio Vieira. He’s rarely in their team as he struggles to get beyond Otavio, but the 21-year-old just won the Best Player award at the Under 21 Euros.
Finally, there’s the standout player in Portugal right now – Pedro Goncalves. He replaced Bruno Fernandes at Sporting and actually managed to upstage the Manchester United man.
His incredible goal record was the driving force behind Sporting winning their first Primeira Liga title since 2002.
So that’s four players from Liga NOS who Liverpool reportedly want. Four decent enough sources, too – all from the country who would know if the Reds have made contact.
It’s understandable why Liverpool might turn to Portugal for transfer targets, too. The Reds must sell to buy, per the Athletic, suggesting they’re not flush with cash this summer.
Shopping outside of the richest ‘Big 5’ leagues in Europe is more likely to lead to bargains, then. Players might be more of a risk, given they’re not playing at the absolute highest level every week, but you can absolutely find top players if you get it right.
Liverpool will back themselves to to just that, of course. And they might save some valuable cash in the process.