Leeds boost in Otavio bid as Romano claims his release clause is £34.4m
Leeds United have received a boost in their reported bid to sign Otavio, with Fabrizio Romano claiming reports Liverpool want the 27-year-old are wide of the mark, while his release clause is considerably lower than first thought.
Leeds made the first move to sign Otavio. Reports last week claimed that the Whites had made a £25.9 million bid for the Portugal international.
The report noted that Porto wanted his release clause to be triggered. It was believed that that would set Leeds back a fee of £51.6 million. And it seemed that they were dealt a further blow on Sunday.
It was claimed that Liverpool were expected to make an offer of £34 million this week. Meanwhile, it was also suggested that Porto would accept £38 million for the attacking midfielder.
Obviously, the Reds entering the race seemed ominous for Leeds. They were unlikely to be far off meeting his asking price. And clearly, moving to Merseyside is likely to appeal more to Otavio.
However, it now seems that Leeds may now find themselves back on pole position.
Romano has taken to Twitter to suggest reports of Liverpool’s interest are wide of the mark. He also claimed that it would actually only take £34.4 million to trigger his release clause…
Both Liverpool and Porto deny all the stories about Otávio deal. There are no negotiations ongoing – also, the release clause is €40m and not €60m. 🔴 #LFC
Otávio and Wijnaldum are not in the list for Liverpool as things stand – still long market, but no talks for these two.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 27, 2022
Leeds boost in bid to sign Otavio
Leeds fans will certainly welcome the potential boost. Otavio would be a seriously exciting signing. And Jesse Marsch’s men absolutely need more good news in the transfer market.
Competing with Liverpool would be extremely tough. The Reds would back themselves having already signed Luis Diaz from Porto this year.
But it seems that there is an opportunity for Leeds to now shoot their shot.