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Report: £17m Porto blow can force breakthrough in Liverpool's Otavio talks

Wolves may have just given Liverpool a transfer boost as they try to wrestle Otavio away from Porto. The Reds reportedly want the Brazilian.

This all comes from A Bola. They’re reporting on a complex situation with Porto right now – and one that involves Liverpool.

The latest news comes from Wolves. They’ve decided not to pay £17m to Porto to sign Vitinha permanently. The playmaker has been on loan with the Midlands club but returns to Portugal this summer.

And again per A Bola, that’s a real blow to Porto. They were fairly confident of getting that £17m and now they haven’t, they’re short on funds. That will likely force them to sell a player of that value or more.

So this is where Liverpool come in. The Reds reportedly want not one but two Porto players right now.

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Otavio to leave Porto?

CMJournal reported earlier in the week that Liverpool wanted to sign Otavio from Porto. It’s a strange situation, however.

The Brazilian had a release clause in his contract for around £35m but he signed a new deal that came into effect today. That pushes his clause up to roughly £52m.

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So if Liverpool had acted sooner, they’d have gotten him cheaper. Though it appears they never intended to pay that release clause.

A Bola, again, says that Liverpool actually made an offer to Porto of £20m plus Marko Grujic. The Serbian was on loan with the club last season, of course.

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Liverpool seem to want to negotiate for Otavio and with that in mind, Wolves’ decision to pass on Vitinha is a boost. Porto are far more likely to listen now they need money.

Similarly, Liverpool are reportedly interested in Fabio Vieira – another Porto playmaker. CMJournal claimed as much last month.

The Reds’ chances of signing either become a lot better after the Wolves news. Porto effectively have to listen to offers as they seek that £17m+.

Maybe that leads to Otavio or perhaps Porto give up Vieira. Either way, Liverpool’s position strengthens.

From our perspective, Otavio is the one to go for. Vieira could become a very good player – he just won Best Player at the Under 21 Euros – but his teammate is already a fantastic fit for Liverpool.

We think the club absolutely should see what it would take to sign him. And in the wake of Vitinha’s return, it might just be less than it was.

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