Liverpool are reportedly the first-choice destination for Porto’s Otavio but his €40million release clause is set to increase to €60million on July 1st.
While Georginio Wijnaldum played mostly as a no.8 for Jurgen Klopp, he arrived from Newcastle United as a goalscoring attacking midfielder.
It wasn’t until he moved to Anfield that he became conservative on the ball and prioritised looking after it over getting into the box to score or assist.
The role he played for the Reds was used as a stick to beat him with but his performances for the Netherlands prove just how good he really can be.
Otavio to Liverpool for €40million?
I haven’t seen the Brazilian 26-year-old linked with a move to Merseyside before but it seems as though his chance to join Liverpool on the cheap could go begging.
Fiorentina and Valencia are also said to be keen on signing the Portuguese star but Klopp apparently has the upper hand, as per the newspaper.
They say that Liverpool are the ones who ‘most seduce’ Otavio even if he sees a move to either Valencia or Fiorentina ‘with good eyes’.
Crucially, Correio da Manhã says that he has an exit clause worth €40million that will expire in six days before it increases to €60million.
Is this a deal that makes sense for Liverpool?
At €40million (£34.2m), it could be an unexpected but unique move from Liverpool and he would certainly add a skillset to Klopp’s side that is currently unavailable.
In Henderson, you have leadership and drive. In Fabinho, you have ball recovery and steel. In Thiago, you have the ability to dictate tempo and the composure to resist the press.
In Otavio, Klopp would have attacking output from midfield but also a player that can play as a forward
He got 5 goals and 12 assists this season which is drastically higher than any of Liverpool’s midfielders.