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2WXX0RX Lisbon, Portugal . 02nd Apr, 2024. Lisbon, Portugal, April 02nd 2024: Ruben Amorim (Sporting CP Manager) in action during the Taca de Portugal 2nd leg semi-final game between - SL Benfica v Sporting CP - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal (Joao Bravo/SPP) Credit: SPP Sport Press Photo. /Alamy Live News

Portuguese journalist claims Liverpool ‘want Ruben Amorim deal THIS WEEK’

The noise around Ruben Amorim is only growing louder, and the latest claims from Portugal suggest Liverpool “hope” to reach an agreement with the Sporting manager this week.

Reports that talks have already been held between the two parties emerged last week amid Amorim becoming the latest frontrunner to take over as manager at Anfield.

Amorim himself admitted he “can’t guarantee” he would stay at Sporting beyond this season, adding fuel to the rumour mill.

Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda has been at the centre of the updates pertaining to Liverpool and the 39-year-old, and he delivered another update over the weekend.

He claims the club “hope to reach a full agreement on the terms of the contract” this week, with a meeting between Amorim’s agent and Liverpool scheduled for “this Monday.”

Though there is some doubt over the reliability of his claims, it is worth keeping in mind he did help break the Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz news in recent years.

It is stated that Sporting’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Benfica on Saturday has enabled negotiations to speed up, with Amorim’s side now four points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.

Amorim needs his side to pick up 15 points from the last seven games to win a league title for the second time with Sporting.

This will almost certainly involve only Amorim’s agents, though, as one would imagine his focus will be firmly on closing out the season on a successful note, not negotiating with Liverpool.

The 39-year-old has already said, “I’m not going to discuss anything with Sporting, I owe a lot to Sporting, I’m very happy here. I’ll never put pressure to leave.”

 

Ever-changing release clause

Amorim’s release clause has been ever-changing since news broke of Liverpool’s interest, it has been reported to be as high as £25 million and as low as £8.6 million.

What is clear is that there is seemingly room for negotiation, echoed further by journalist Fabrizio Romano’s recent update on the Portuguese manager’s contract situation.

It is said that Amorim’s release clause is worth £25.7 million for clubs in Portugal, £17.1 million for those abroad and £8.5 million should a ‘top club’ make an approach – which is where Liverpool would come in.

It is certainly a development to keep an eye on, and so is how the Sporting manager closes out the season as he bids for success in the league and the Taca de Portugal final.

It means his final game of the season will fall on May 26, a week after Liverpool’s final league game and four after a potential Europa League final appearance.

 

Update

These claims have now been corroborated by more Portuguese journalists, including reliable outlet ‘Mais Futebol’ via their Lisbon-based journalist Bruno Andrade.