Defender had 'one foot at Liverpool' last year, they'll surely keep watching him after latest move - RTK View

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Defender had 'one foot at Liverpool' last year, they'll surely keep watching him after latest move - RTK View

Portuguese defender David Carmo has joined Porto this week in a transfer that should catch a few eyes at Liverpool.

The 22-year-old was reportedly extremely close to a move to Liverpool in January 2021. Amidst The Reds defensive injury crisis of 2020/21, they attempted to take Carmo from Braga.

According to the Portuguese club’s president Antonio Salvador, the move very nearly happened, too. Speaking to Marca last April, Salvador even claimed that Carmo had ‘a foot and a half’ at Liverpool.

In the end it didn’t happen, and 18 months on Carmo has joined Porto for around £17m (Publico). Given the relationship that The Reds have with The Dragons, it’s well within the realms of possibility that a move could happen in the future.

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Liverpool doing their shopping in Portugal

Liverpool have seemingly moved onto a new strategy in the transfer market. If the player isn’t either Portuguese or playing in Portugal, they’re not interested.

That’s an exaggeration, of course. But Liverpool have certainly used Julian Ward’s connections in the country to good effect in each of the last two windows.

It has so far been successful, which suggests they may employ the same strategy moving forward.

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The Reds’ were reportedly willing to front some money for Porto to pay a UEFA fine as part of the Luis Diaz deal (The Times). As a result, there appears to be a good working relationship between the two clubs.

Reds in the market for a centre-back in 2023

With Carmo obviously catching Liverpool’s eye previously, they’ll no doubt be keeping on top of his progress at the Dragao.

Turning twenty-three in a couple of weeks, the towering centre-back is still young enough to earn a move in the future. Should he excel at one of Portugal’s top clubs and notorious talent developers, Liverpool should return to the table.

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As recently as late-April they were said to be looking at Carmo again this summer. That didn’t come to pass.

But with Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk another year older and Joe Gomez’s future uncertain, Liverpool could be looking for a centre-back next summer.

Given everything that’s gone before, Carmo might be a good bet to fill that slot.

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