Liverpool have a great chance of signing Otavio – if new reports are anything to by. The Reds have a lot to discuss with Porto.
Liverpool want Otavio, according to various reports out of Portugal. One of those, from A Bola, claims they put an offer on the table.
That deal would see Marko Grujic head the other way, which makes a lot of sense. Record claims Porto want to play permanently after he spent last season on loan there.
And it works for Liverpool. They need to sell players in order to buy them, says the Athletic, suggesting they don’t quite have enough to sign Otavio right now.
Including a player in the deal effectively gives them a 2-for-1, immediately getting his value and using it to secure a new signing. But they might have a chance to do more with that.
Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast this week that Porto would also like to sign Harry Wilson. The Welshman is almost certainly up for sale this summer after a string of loan spells.
But Porto almost certainly can’t afford to sign these players without a sale. A Bola reported as much last week.
They hoped to get £17m by selling Vitinha to Wolves but the Premier League side decided against it. That leaves them in a hole and the only way out is to boost themselves with sales.
And Liverpool are right there to offer them that way out. They want Otavio and have two players Porto would quite like.
It feels like negotiation is fairly easy from that point. Both clubs want to do business on multiple fronts – surely there’s a deal to be had.
Especially when there’s reportedly a fourth player in the mix, here. Journalist Bruno Andrade has previously claimed that Liverpool want Fabio Vieira, who recently won the Best Player award at the Under 21 Euros.
Will all four deals happen? Probably not. But there are opportunities here to work with Porto and find a situation everyone is happy with.
We hope that ends up with Otavio joining Liverpool. We’ve written before about him being a wonderful fit and the Reds could really drive his price down here.
It all depends on how much Porto want Grujic and Wilson, of course, and how much they’re willing to give up. But it certainly feels as though Liverpool’s Otavio chances just improved.