Liverpool midfielder Suso has responded to speculation linking him with a move to FC Porto this summer by confirming that talks have taken place between the two sides.
The 20-year-old Spaniard spent the whole of the 2013/14 season on loan to Almeria in La Liga, where he impressed; scoring three goals, making seven assists, creating 32 chances and taking 62 shots.
But, with just a year remaining on his contract – having signed an extension in late 2012 – the player himself has admitted he could leave the club, admitting that Liverpool won’t allow him to leave for free next summer.
Speaking of Porto’s interest, Suso said:
“My priority is to stay here, but Porto is an excellent option if I leave Liverpool. I know there’s negotiations.
“Porto are the best club in Portugal and they have faith in their youngsters. They also have a coach I like working with.”
However, he admits that he wants guarantees over how much playing time he will get if signed a new deal and stayed at Anfield.
“I will only renew with Liverpool if I’m guaranteed I’ll play regularly. The option is clear if I don’t renew: let me leave. I think Liverpool thinks the same. They won’t let me leave on a free in a year if I don’t renew. Let see what happens.”
It seems that, with Liverpool unable to give Suso such guarantees over playing time, he’s not prepared to sign a new contract, and therefore the most likely result is that Liverpool will take a fee now.
Where Liverpool could prosper is by inserting sell-on and buy-back clauses into any deal that sees the talented player leave this summer.