Liverpool want Otavio, according to reports, and the Brazilian could be a wonderful budget signing. That appears to be what the Reds need right now.
Liverpool are in a bit of an awkward position. They need to sign players this summer to improve the squad but they don’t appear to have much money.
The Athletic says they’ll have to sell players in order to buy more. One has arrived, of course, in Ibrahima Konate.
Centre-back was undoubtedly the area that needed strengthening the most. Liverpool can’t afford another season like last year, while there’s no guarantee that the injured players return at 100%.
But signing Konate came at a cost that was higher than his fee. The Liverpool Echo says the Reds paid his £36m fee in full. No instalments or clauses – just £36m out of the budget.
That’s a big risk as it drains the transfer budget. And centre-back isn’t the only area they need to fill.
Otavio the budget signing
Liverpool need a midfielder and a forward this summer, in our estimation. The latter is a need after two years of little production off the bench. The former is because Gini Wijnaldum has left the club.
Even worse, Wijnaldum left without a transfer fee at the end of his contract. The Reds didn’t get any money to replace him with – it’ll just come out of the budget.
Signing two players on limited funds is tough but not impossible. But if Liverpool want to guarantee quality, a 2-in-1 player makes the most sense.
Otavio could be just that. Liverpool want him, according to A Bola, and have made an offer of £20m plus Marko Grujic.
He’s a player who can operate on both flanks, as a no.10 or in a deeper midfield role. Positionally, he could boost both the attack and the midfield.
The catch with something like is usually that said player is weaker in one area. Perhaps he’s not a strong defender or maybe he isn’t all that creative. He can play both roles but he’s not ideal in both.
But Otavio really is. He’s a rare player who averages both two created chances per game and two tackles. He’ll drift past players with the ball and put in a defensive shift at the same time.
We see him as a better fit than Philippe Coutinho was, for instance. And in being that, Otavio could be Liverpool’s answer for both their midfield and attack.
He’s got the defensive qualities to replace Wijnaldum, while he’ll provide more when in a forward line, too. If Liverpool’s budget won’t stretch to two great players, Otavio is what they’re really looking for.