Matt Addison has been speaking on a recent edition of the Liverpool Echo’s Red Blood podcast about Liverpool’s potential interest in Porto’s Otavio.
According to Portuguese outlet A Bola, the Reds are supposedly keen on signing the Brazilian, and he has a €40m (£34.3m) release clause that is set to expire on 30th June, which will rise to €60m (£51.4m) in July.
However, speaking on Monday’s edition of the podcast, it seems as if Addison is not sure that Liverpool actually want to sign Otavio.
He said: “So as I understand it, the story in Portugal is that there is this €40m release clause, but this release clause expires in two days’ time.
“So if Liverpool are going to use this release clause, it has to be, according to Portuguese outlets, done in the next couple of days. So I think, again, could this be the work of an agent who knows that this release clause is going to increase? I think it goes up to €60m after this.
“If that is true, could it be a case of an agent trying to put Liverpool into the mix to try and get one or two other clubs to come to the table? So, time will tell whether that is one that Liverpool are interested in.”
Do you think that Otavio would be a good signing?
TIF Thoughts on Otavio…
Otavio is naturally an attacking midfielder and made 42 appearances in the 2020/21 season, in which he scored five goals and provided 12 assists for Porto.
In the league, he scored three goals and provided eight assists, which would have ranked him as Liverpool’s fifth-top scorer and top assist provider, so that is a good record, and you would think he could add value to the Reds’ side.
However, given that he is an attacking midfielder, would he even play that much for Jurgen Klopp?
The German only used a 4-2-3-1 formation on two occasions last season, which would arguably suit Otavio more than the more regularly used 4-3-3.
So it will be interesting to see what happens and whether the Reds make a move, but we think he could be a decent signing.