Report: 12-assist wizard keen to secure Liverpool transfer, will cost £17m more in July
Porto midfielder Otavio is keen to join Liverpool during the summer transfer window, according to Correio da Manha.
The Brazilian signed a new contract keeping him at the Estadio do Dragao until 2025 in March. but is not sure if he should stay. Porto boss Sergio Conceicao is concerned by the situation and wants him to offer clarity on his plans soon.
Otavio was a mainstay under Conceicao last term and hopes he can still rely on the 26-year-old in the future. However, interest from England, Italy and Spain is playing on the former U23 international’s mind approaching the new season.
Liverpool, Fiorentina and Valencia are all interested in moves for Otavio after he produced a magnificent campaign last season. The midfielder recorded 12 assists and five goals in 42 games, with minutes across the engine room.
Otavio would most like to join Liverpool if the chance arises to play for Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League. But the attacking playmaker would also welcome interest from Valencia or Fiorentina if a move to Merseyside falls through.
Liverpool can sign Otavio for €40m (£34.5m) due to a release clause agreed as part of his new deal. But the Reds would have to pay another £17m from July as the clause rises to €60m (£51.5m) at the start of the new contract year.
TBR’s view: Liverpool should sign Porto playmaker Otavio
Liverpool are not searching for a central midfielder but have shown an interest in Aston Villa star John McGinn. Klopp is considering options for the role after Georginio Wijnaldum’s exit, but Dean Smith does not want to lose the Scot.
The Express and Star also claim Aston Villa would want £50m for the 26-year-old. But as Otavio would be worth less if Liverpool move quickly, Klopp should consider raiding Porto for their star playmaker.
Otavio would be a top signing for a Liverpool side that lacks a lot of creativity from midfield. He is also the same age as McGinn, keen to join and would offer Klopp vast flexibility.
Conceicao fielded the Brazilian wizard in deep, attacking and wide midfield roles at Porto last season. He also played on the wing and as a shadow striker, which was the only position he failed to offer a goal or assist from, as well.