Liverpool shocked into considering buy-back option on 2019 sale

Date published: Thursday 17th September 2020 5:33 - Jonny Whitfield

Rafael Camacho Sporting Lisbon

Liverpool have considered activating the buy-back clause in the deal that took Rafael Camacho to Sporting Lisbon last summer, according to a report.

Camacho moved back to his native Portugal in 2019 in a permanent deal worth an initial £5million. The 20-year-old, who joined Liverpool’s youth system in 2016, had struggled to find first-team action at Anfield.

And despite only playing in 26 games for Sporting last term – including making only 12 starts – the winger impressed.

Indeed, he earned a nomination for the lucrative Golden Boy award for 2020. Camacho features in the list of nominees alongside top stars such as Alphonso Davies and Phil Foden.

As such, Record (via Sport Witness) claims Sporting are considering allowing Camacho to leave in the coming weeks. The club feel another season of added game time could see him return to his current employers a better player.

Sporting ideally want a loan move but Liverpool are reportedly among the sides to have considered a permanent deal. Senior Anfield officials are reportedly “surprised” about Camacho’s development last season.

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The Reds included a buy-back clause in the deal to sell the winger and a deal to take him back to Anfield “came to be equated”, the report adds.

It remains unclear whether Liverpool still hold an interest. However, Sporting are nevertheless keen to offer the player a return to England.

Record says the Portuguese club will find a solution in the “coming days” that they hope will suit all parties. The priority is a club at which Camacho can feature regularly and evolve as a forward.


However, Sporting are also not against a permanent sale for Camacho.

The winger has four years left on the deal he signed last summer. As such, Sporting would look for at least €6million (£5.4million) from clubs which show interest.

Camacho scored one goal and assisted one other in his 26 outings last season.

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