Liverpool have a way to pay the release clause of Luis Diaz this month, according to reports. There are several mixed claims right now.
This comes from A Bola. They believe Liverpool are ready to activate the release clause for Porto’s Luis Diaz.
That’s not a cheap clause, either. It sits at €80m or around £67m in total, which would be the second-biggest offer in Liverpool’s history. Only the £75m paid for Virgil van Dijk would top it.
But it’s also too much for the Reds to pay in one go, it seems. A Bola claim Liverpool would try to pay around £58m guaranteed and then another £12m in add-ons. They’d only technically match the clause, then, and hope Porto feel flexible with it.
And so Liverpool are meeting the clause here without entirely meeting it. It’ll come down to whether Porto believe anyone will pay £67m for Diaz – or whether this is as close as they’ll get.
Liverpool move for Luis Diaz
We’re going to need at least a pinch of salt here. There has been talk of Liverpool moving for Diaz for some time – almost entirely from Portugal – but there are mixed reports right now.
The Athletic denied claims that Liverpool were ready to pay this release clause right now. Instead, they value Diaz at half that price. Fabrizio Romano backs up that report, too, saying there isn’t any movement from the Reds.
And in truth, that makes sense. Mohamed Salah’s contract situation makes a big-money move difficult right now – can they afford to spend big on the left wing if the Egyptian is vacating the right?
So we’re not entirely behind A Bola’s report right now, even if there is some sense to it. Liverpool could certainly use another top forward and maybe spilling that release clause with add-ons is a middle-ground.
And Diaz would certainly be that top forward. He’s in magnificent form for Porto and shone at the Copa America, scoring ‘sensational’ goals as he finished as joint-top scorer with Lionel Messi.
If Liverpool can justify the price, he’s be a fantastic signing.