Liverpool are reportedly in advanced talks with Porto attacker Otavio as the Reds eye up an exciting summer move for the Brazilian.
The Lowdown: Attacking guile needed?
Jurgen Klopp is expected to bring in new players in the coming weeks and months, with Ibrahima Konate already arriving from RB Leipzig.
Liverpool could arguably do with a little more guile in attacking midfield areas, with the supply to the attack not always at its best last season – Curtis Jones was their highest-scoring player in that position with four goals in 2020/21.
The Latest: Liverpool in talks with Otavio
The 26-year-old is described as an ‘express request’ for Klopp following an impressive season which saw him score three goals and register eight assists in Liga NOS.
Otavio’s release clause is set to rise from €40m (£34.3m) to €60m (£51.4m) on July 15, so Liverpool may look to trigger it before that date.
The Verdict: Exciting attacking option
The £21.6m-rated Otavio could be a shrewd addition by Liverpool, giving them something different in the middle of the park. He averaged 1.7 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game in the league last season, highlighting his ability to break the lines with his quality on the ball.
Otavio’s versatility allows him to play out wide also, so he could be a strong backup for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, further improving the squad depth at Klopp’s disposal.
In other news, some Liverpool fans are against the idea of one player joining the Reds this summer. Find out who it is here.
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