A new transfer update has claimed that Liverpool are interested in making a move for exciting Porto winger Otavio in the summer window and have discovered how much they will need to spend in order to sign him.
The Lowdown: Liverpool linked with Otavio
In recent days, the 27-year-old has been linked with a summer move to Anfield, as Jurgen Klopp looks at possibly making more attacking reinforcements.
The Liverpool manager knows Otavio well after coming up against him numerous times in the Champions League against Porto since 2018, with the winger losing on all five occasions that he has faced the Reds.
A new update has now emerged from Portugal which suggests that this transfer story could have legs to it.
The Latest: Otavio could cost £34m+
According to O Jogo, a previous report claiming Otavio’s agent was in England to talk to Liverpool is false, but the Reds are still interested in signing him.
It is stated that they ‘admire’ the Porto attacker, who registered 12 assists in all competitions last season and has been noted for his rapid pace, not to mention having 86 goal contributions (24 goals and 62 assists) in 237 appearances for the club overall.
The report added that the Portuguese champions will give short shrift to any offers of less than €40m (£34.4m), giving Liverpool a base line from which to work.
The Verdict: Ideal squad addition
It remains to be seen how genuine Liverpool’s interest is, with Klopp already well-stocked in attack following the arrival of Darwin Nunez from Porto’s rivals Benfica earlier this summer.
Then again, Sadio Mane and Divock Origi have departed, while Takumi Minamino also looks set to leave, so the Reds’ options in the final third may end up being slightly threadbare unless further reinforcements are brought in.
If Otavio is happy to come in and be a backup to Mohamed Salah on the right flank, it is a move which could make complete sense. If he isn’t content to play second fiddle to last season’s joint-top Premier League scorer, it is hard to see any such transfer happening.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience