FC Porto will sell reported Liverpool target Otavio for a ‘fair’ price to address their financial needs, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola (via Sport Witness).
The report claimed that Liverpool are keen on the Brazilian, who scored three goals and provided eight assists in 24 Liga NOS starts last season. Predominantly deployed as a left midfielder, he averaged 1.4 shots, 1.8 dribbles and 1.7 key passes per match (via WhoScored).
Otavio has a €60m (£51.43m) release clause but that doesn’t necessarily mean he couldn’t be sold for less.
Porto ‘desperately need’ to make a lucrative sale, especially after Wolves neglected to take up their €20m (£17.14m) option to buy Vitinha at the end of his loan spell as had been anticipated.
As a result, they are willing to let 26-year-old Otavio go if a ‘fair’ offer is received. The player’s agent is quoted as saying that he could be sold ‘if it’s good for Porto and for Otavio’.
Liverpool could be shrewd here. According to The Athletic, Porto are keen to turn Marko Grujic’s loan into a permanent transfer, and with the Reds said to be happy to offload the Serbian, perhaps he could be included in the deal.
He is valued at £15m, which could theoretically be subtracted from the standard fee for Otavio.
Although his goal contribution numbers may not be spectacular, Otavio seems like he would be a good, well-rounded addition to the squad, and using the rarely-seen Grujic as leverage to bring down the fee for the Brazilian would appear to be a sensible tactic.
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