Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been told the path is clear to sign Otavio this summer – after a thumbs up from the Porto midfielder’s agent.
The 26-year-old Brazilian appears to be the Reds’ leading target to replace Georginio Wijnaldum in the engine room. Liverpool have had links with the Portuguese midfielder for a number of weeks now. Initial claims were that the 26-year-old was driving the interest from his own end, trying to seal a move to Anfield.
However, Klopp has now reportedly stepped up his own chase by requesting Otavio as a signing.
The midfielder has been with Porto since 2014 and has made close to 200 appearances. In that time, he’s scored 19 goals and contributed 49 assists.
But a change looks a growing possibility this summer. Furthermore, the player’s agent has now seemingly cleared Klopp to push through his signing.
“If it’s good for Porto and for Otavio,” he told Portuguese outlet A Bola when he asked about his client’s future.
Otavio‘s exit clause increased from £34million to £51.5m at the beginning of July.
However, there’s a growing belief Porto will allow him to leave for considerably less. Indeed, Porto are reportedly willing to sell him for a fee they deem ‘fair’ and a notable discount appears to be on the cards.
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Enquiry comes in for Harry Wilson
Liverpool, meanwhile, are expected to sanction a number of departures this summer with a selection of fringe stars to leave.
One such man is Harry Wilson, who is expected to secure a permanent move away.
Liverpool still have the attacking midfielder under contract until 2023, so are not under particular pressure to sell. However, it seems increasingly unlikely that Wilson will be able to force his way into Klopp’s plans.
Therefore, now may be the best time for Liverpool to cash in on their academy product. Wilson is coming off the back of a season in which he scored seven goals and added 12 assists.
A recent report claimed they were holding out for a fee of around €15m after receiving a lower offer from Benfica. Wilson has also been suggested as a target for newly promoted Brentford and freshly relegated West Brom.
However, as per reports, Wilson has been approached by Swansea – but their offer is not quite to Liverpool’s liking.