Liverpool to beat Arsenal to €15m signing of Porto centre-back

Liverpool have reportedly made their interest known to Porto over signing defender Diogo Leite this summer.

The Guardian report that the Reds have been watching the 19-year-old centre-back and they have been impressed with his performances for the club’s B team.

Arsenal and Man City are also understood to be interested, while Record claimed earlier in the year that Everton were looking at Leite.

Leite helped Porto to win their Under-23 meeting 1-0 with Arsenal at The Emirates on Tuesday night to lift the Premier League International Cup and numerous scouts were believed to have been in attendance.

“Liverpool made their interest in him clear,” according to the broadsheet, but Porto are hoping to keep hold of the player, who is under contract until 2021.

Arsenal are understood to be ready to meet Leite’s €15million release clause this summer, but “Anfield is his likeliest destination at the moment”.

Any deal for the left-footed Leite at Anfield would see the player loaned out to get some first-team football under his belt before he could think about winning a place in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team.