Report: Porto expect Liverpool bid for Otavio as Leeds plan second offer
Porto expect Liverpool to bid for Otavio this coming week, with his agent now in England trying to finalise a deal for the attacking midfielder, according to a report from the Sunday Mirror (26/6; page 77).
Otavio has already attracted Premier League interest in this window. Reports claimed that Leeds had seen a £26 million bid for the Portugal international rejected.
The report noted that Porto wanted Octavo’s £51 million release clause triggered for the 27-year-old to be sold. However, that may not be the case at all.
The Sunday Mirror (26/6; page 77) reports that the champions will consider £38 million for Otavio. And Leeds indeed plan to increase their offer. But they are not the only team Porto expect a bid from.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Porto are braced for an offer from Liverpool worth £34 million.
Porto expect Liverpool bid for Otavio
Leeds may well feel that they have little chance of a deal should Liverpool enter the running. Of course, these reports evoke memories of one deal the Reds did in January.
Liverpool benefitted greatly from signing Luis Diaz in the winter. But obviously, there was a strong possibility that he could have ended up at Tottenham. Spurs initially bid £46 million for the then-Porto forward before Jurgen Klopp’s side made their move.
If Liverpool are set to get within £4 million of Porto’s asking price this time around, you would imagine that there would be a willingness from both sides to agree a deal.
Leeds may be powerless to prevent him moving to Merseyside. He would certainly have more opportunities at Elland Road. But Otavio is a ‘quality‘ player, and will back himself to follow in Diaz’s footsteps and be a success with Liverpool.
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