Liverpool could get a deal for Porto winger Luis Diaz early in 2022, according to reports. The Portuguese side have opened their stance on a sale.
This comes from Record. They claim that Porto are open to the idea of selling Luis Diaz in 2022.
Liverpool have interest and could push for a move, too. The Reds will lose Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the winter, of course, and Diaz would help cover that.
Porto have opened up their stance on a sale. They still don’t wish to negotiate for a January move but they are willing to hash out a deal in advance for the summer.
Liverpool, then, could potentially wrap up a big summer signing nice and early – if that’s what they want to do.
Porto open to Luis Diaz deal
This one depends on what Liverpool want with Diaz. If he’s cover for the Africa Cup of Nations, then Porto’s idea of a ‘pre-deal’ doesn’t work at all.
Unquestionably, it benefits the Reds to bring Diaz in nice and early, using him in the absence of Salah & Mane. That remains an option, too, as Diaz has a release clause.
Portuguese outlet Jornal de Notícias claim it’s around £67m. If Liverpool pay that, he’s there’s. Porto’s willingness to negotiate suggests he’s available in the summer for less than that, though.
So what works best? Getting Diaz in for a massive fee to cover AFCON? Or signing him for a better price in the summer?
It’s football vs financial, then. We know how that one tends to go.
We won’t hold our breath on Diaz, then, even if it does appear that he’s up for grabs in 2022. By the time AFCON ends, the need for Porto’s star man lessens greatly and Liverpool may have eyes on others by the summer.
Right now, it feels like that release clause or bust.