Liverpool will reportedly make a £34million bid for Porto’s Portugal international Otavio, with Mohamed Salah facing a possible Anfield exit. The Reds have already made three signings this summer as they look to topple Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table next season.
According to The Mirror, Porto expect Liverpool to firm up their interest in Otavio after they rejected a £26m offer for the ace from Leeds. The Portuguese champions believe the Merseysiders will submit an official bid over the coming week and that it will be £8m more than Leeds were prepared to pay.
The player’s agent has been in England in an attempt to broker a move for his client, with the Primeira Liga side willing to do business at around the £38m mark.
Otavio, who can slot in anywhere in midfield or across the frontline, has played 237 games for Porto since joining them from Vitoria Sport Clube in 2016. And he has contributed 24 goals and 62 assists for his team. Last season, he was in fine form as Porto cruised to the league title. And the 27-year-old was rewarded with seven caps for Portugal, despite playing for Brazil at age-group level during the early part of his career.
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Klopp has been desperate to tie Salah down to a new deal on Merseyside after helping him become one of the best players in the world since his move from Roma five years ago. But the Egypt international has refused to commit his future to the club and is apparently holding out for a pay packet worth £400,000 a week – which is £160,000 more than Virgil van Dijk’s on. And it has now been revealed that Liverpool could even let the forward leave this summer if they get an offer of £60m.
Klopp has already managed to prise attackers Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho away from Benfica and Fulham respectively. And if the 55-year-old can get his hands on Otavio, he might just believe that his side can function perfectly well without Salah in it.
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