Promising youngster, Rafael Camacho, has apparently told the Reds he is ready to see out the final year of his contract and leave on a free next year, according to A Bola in his native Portugal.
The Portuguese outlet explicitly names Sporting CP as frontrunners to sign the 19-year-old with the Reds setting a €10 million asking price.
Camacho’s father apparently suggested a loan to Sporting in the January transfer window that included a compulsory purchase option at its end.
Then, after Jürgen Klopp reportedly gave assurances of first-team opportunities to the versatile teenager, A Bola claim the German reneged on his promise leading to Camacho snubbing the offer of a contract renewal at Anfield.
“Apesar da promessa do alemão, as palavras não foram cumpridas” or, roughly translated: ‘Despite the promise of the German, the words were not fulfilled’.
Rafa Camacho winding down his contract and leaving for free disappoints me. I’d love him to stay and develop more as he’s a talented player
If he feels leaving is the right move and wants to play first team football then fair play. That desire to play is nice to see a young lad!
— Tino (@Tino_LFC) June 16, 2019
With his contract running until the end of the 2019/20 season, the precocious Portuguese has now seemingly declared he is willing to let that deal run to is completion and leave on a Bosman.
Sporting CP alledgedly remain in talks with the Reds and feel they can drive down his price to as low as €5 million owing to the brevity of his current contract.
Failing that, they’ll simply play the waiting game if Camacho wants to play hard ball and run down the clock.
It’s a shame really; at 19 and able to play at both right-back and out wide on the right, Camacho could be an ideal Klopp player at Anfield if he’s willing to wait and prove himself to the German.
But this news, his apparent disinclination to play at full-back, plus his social media outburst earlier in the year, all seem to be drawing the issue to an inevitable conclusion.