Something a little bizarre is happening right now regarding Liverpool, the Portuguese media and Porto midfielder Otavio…
The Reds are said to be very interested in signing the 26-year-old Brazilian this summer, but all reports on the rumour are local.
There’s barely a peep from any source outside of Portugal claiming Liverpool are in for Otavio – but four respected outlets based in the country are singing the same tune.
The latter-most claim Liverpool have submitted a bid of €23 million and Marko Grujic in a cash-plus-player deal to Porto, as the Reds don’t want to cough up the €40-60 million it’d take to sign Otavio, as per Sport Witness.
We at Empire of the Kop are completely unaware of any interest in the attacking midfielder and all other UK-based outlets are just regurgitating what’s being reported in Portugal.
Either way, the general consensus is the release clause in Otavio’s contract will jump by around €20 million once the month of June is over – in two days – so if we’ve not heard anything by then, it probably isn’t happening.