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“No truth” in reports linking Liverpool with Otavio

Liverpool have found their name tied to Porto’s Otavio once more in recent days regarding interest in a transfer, but that has “no truth” to it according to one Liverpool reporter.

The Reds have dipped into the Portuguese market twice already this year, signing Luis Diaz from Porto and Darwin Nunez from Benfica as Julian Ward tapped into a market he knows well.

The former has already made a mark at the club and the latter is expected to do the same both in the short and long term, as Jurgen Klopp‘s attack continues to evolve.

The midfield is an area that Reds have identified a need for but the club are expected to wait until next summer to add to their ranks, but that has not stopped various links to players being made.

And that includes Porto’s Otavio, a player the Reds have been linked to in the past and now reports in England and Portugal have seen the ties resurface.

They’ve been questionable at best amid Leeds‘ pursuit of the right-sided midfielder, with a report in the Mirror having claimed Liverpool were to “firm up their interest” with Porto expecting a £34 million bid.

2EWWDP0 3rd March 2021; Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal; Taca De Portugal Football, FC Porto versus Braga; Otavio of FC Porto

Reports in Portugal then cited the report and linked back to former interest in a player Liverpool will have scouted among many others, but its intentions look only to push Leeds in negotiations.

And now Goal‘s Neil Jones has stated that he has been “told there’s no truth in reports linking Liverpool with a move for Porto’s Otavio this summer,” adding he is “not a target and never has been.”

An emphatic dismissal if there ever was one.

It’s no surprise with Otavio’s profile not one that truly fits the bill for Liverpool at 27 years of age, with his position also not a current need for the Reds in the transfer market.

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