Liverpool have put a bid in for Otavio, according to reports. But who exactly is the Brazilian and why do the Reds want to sign him this summer?
Who is Otavio?
Otavio is a 26-year-old Brazilian who currently plays for FC Porto. He’s been there since 2014 after leaving Internacional in Brazil.
He was actually a teammate of Alisson Becker for two years while playing for the club. Otavio’s performances earned him the usual move to Europe, though, as he joined Porto.
The player moved to Vitoria for 18 months in early 2015, though, before returning to become a fairly regular player for Porto in the 16/17 season.
But it’s the last two years when Otavio has really kicked on. He started 29 games in the 19/20 campaign as Porto won the Double. Another 24 starts followed last season, though the campaign went trophyless.
What kind of player is he?
Otavio is a creative midfielder who can play pretty much anywhere across the forward positions. He’ll start on the left, the right, through the middle, advanced, or a little deeper.
He’s wonderfully versatile and can both score and assist from midfield. Otavio has 17 assists over the last two years, with five goals.
That versatility transfers over into style, too. He’s a player who averages both two tackles per game and two created chances. He can win an interception but also dribble past multiple players per game.
Liverpool bid for Otavio
A Bola in Portugal claims Liverpool have made an offer for Otavio. They say they’ve offered around £20m plus Marko Grujic, who spent last season on loan with Porto.
It’s a strange situation, however. Otavio has a release clause of around £35m right now but he signed a new contract recently. That contract comes into effect in July and bumps his release clause up to about £52m.
So Otavio is available for £35m but that quite literally ends today. This is the final day of his old contract.
Liverpool appear to want to negotiate, though. They’re making an offer outside of the release clause, hoping that Porto value Grujic quite highly.
We can’t imagine they’re the only club interested in the Serbian, so here’s a good chance for them to secure the player, along with some cash.
For what it’s worth, we think Otavio would be a really interesting signing for Liverpool. He fills a gap that’s been missing since Philippe Coutinho left the club but is arguably a better fit for the team.