Liverpool are ready to return with a second bid for Braga centre-back David Carmo this summer.
That’s according to O Jogo, who claim that Jurgen Klopp has personally recommended that Liverpool re-attempt to sign the 22-year-old.
The Reds reportedly tried to sign Carmo amidst their defensive injury crisis in January 2021. O Jogo claim that Liverpool had a loan deal with a £17m buy option turned down on deadline day.
It’s claimed that Liverpool ‘didn’t delete’ Carmo’s name though, and have asked Braga for the ‘conditions of a possible deal.’ With the player having signed a new contract in the meantime, he now has a release clause of around £33.6m.
According to this report, Braga would be willing to do business this time around, as long the release clause is met. Liverpool will reportedly face competition though, with other unnamed Premier League clubs already ‘approaching’ Braga for the player.
Carmo coming back around
Carmo is a name that should be familiar to many Liverpool fans. This isn’t the first time it has been claimed that the towering centre-back had been close to joining The Reds.
This was a time when Liverpool were looking to accelerate their defensive plans. The shortlist seems to have been relatively long. But as with Torino’s Gleison Bremer and Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car, it seems Carmo was below the man they eventually got – Ibrahima Konate – on the list.
Things may have been different had Braga accepted Liverpool’s initial offer last January, though. The Reds rated him highly enough to approach the Portuguese club in the first place so the admiration is obviously there.
Liverpool’s centre-back dilemma this summer
It will be fascinating to see whether Liverpool do decide to add to their defensive ranks this summer. The links to Bremer in particular haven’t gone away.
Konate has excelled in his first season at Anfield as part of a cohort of top centre-backs at the club. It is still possible that Liverpool are planning for a future beyond Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk, or Joe Gomez may yet leave this year.
If either of those things are true, Liverpool seemingly already have a list of candidates they’re willing to explore.
As with Bremer, the price-tag seems hefty for a back-up player. However, Liverpool did pay a similar fee when signing Konate to largely sit on the bench, so you never know.