Despite claims that Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer to Porto to sign the Colombian, reports in Portugal suggest Luis Diaz prefers a move to Liverpool or Manchester United.
Previously, A Bola reported that Liverpool were ‘ready’ to bid for the 25-year-old but a bid has yet to materialise although reports from Portugal now offer very encouraging signs to supporters over a potential summer move to Anfield.
Sport Witness report that several Portuguese sides mention Liverpool in connection with the Colombian goalscorer despite Spurs being the Premier League side with a bid on the table.
So here’s what each source had to say:
- Record: Diaz ‘resists’ Spurs offer and believes Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are ‘on another level’ and that the Anfield project would then be ‘more seductive’.
- A Bola: Similar to Record, they claim that the forward doesn’t feel ‘particularly seduced’ by Tottenham.
- Jornal de Noticias: They pay close attention to Liverpool’s interest in Diaz, who ‘do not give up’ on signing the 25-year-old. The main issue with signing him this month is that he cannot play in the Champions League.
- Correio da Manha: Klopp’s Reds are said to be the ‘main adversary’ for Conte’s Spurs with the next days (the remainder of the January transfer window) said the be decisive in his future.
- O Jogo: Diaz is no hurry to leave Porto and ‘not very interested in leaving at this moment’ and is currently focussed on winning Liga Nos, with his side 6 points clear of Sporting Lisbon. He’d rather wait for Liverpool and other Premier League clubs as, right now, Spurs are in the Conference League, which doesn’t align with his ambitions.
Right, let’s unpack all of that and decipher what it all means for Liverpool
It feels pretty conclusive that he wants Liverpool (and or United) and not Spurs. A hammer blow for Antonio Conte and Spurs’ ambitions of qualifying for the top four but great news for Jurgen Klopp if the Reds can capitalise on it.
The main issue here is that his contract includes an €80million release clause so Porto can demand the fee be paid in full but the hope is that Michael Edwards and Julian Ward can negotiate that to be a much lower fee and one that can be amortized.
Assuming he’d cost €80m (£66m), signing him in January makes little sense because he’s unable to play for Liverpool in the Champions League which is one of their main goals this season.
Unlike a lot of the stories that do the rounds, it feels as though there is genuine weight behind these claims purely due to the number of outlets that mentioned Liverpool despite Spurs being the club with an offer on the table.
I’m not surprised Diaz is drawn to Liverpool and Anfield after being on the losing end of a side that got beaten 7-1 on aggregate by the Reds in the Champions League group stages this season.
The left-wing has 16 goals and 6 assists this season and has been the standout player in Portugal.