Everton are to strike a major deal with Porto, according to reports. The Portuguese side are in Liverpool’s Champions League group.
Thursday saw Liverpool placed into a tough Champions League group. The Reds will face Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and AC Milan, with all four sides fancying their chances of progression.
Though, one of those sides could soon change their team. The Telegraph claims Porto are locked in negotiations with Everton over a potential double-deal.
Everton would sign £25m-rated winger Luis Diaz. He’s a player we haven’t seen too much of, though he did catch the eye at Copa America. The Colombian scored a wonderful goal in the semi-final against Argentina, looking like a real threat throughout.
He then bagged twice against Peru in the Third-Place Play-Off to seal bronze for his country.
So while it’s never nice to see Everton sign a potentially interesting player, this is a move that could make Porto weaker. Whether it does or not will depend on the other side of this deal.
Porto and Everton in negotiations
Everton wouldn’t just sign Diaz, they’d send a player the other way – James Rodriguez. And that’s undoubtedly of note.
James has been good for Everton in spurts but is prone to long spells of quiet form or just simply not being around. It’s never seemed as though he’s settled with the Toffees – his motivation for being there appears to have been Carlo Ancelotti.
But James does know Porto well, having shone there for three seasons between 2010 and 2013. That earned him a move to AS Monaco before a starring role for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup.
So while the 30-year-old hasn’t been great in recent years, Porto do know how to get the best out of him. They’ll see this as an opportunity to get a brilliant player – if they can make things click once again.
From a Liverpool point of view, this one is hard to judge. There’s a chance that Porto get worse here and lose a real attacking threat, replacing him with a struggling over-the-hill star.
But they could also get this very right and suddenly have an elite playmaker alongside the likes of Otavio. That would make them more dangerous.
And in an already tough group, Liverpool could really do without that,