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Alan Varela transfer 'truth' emerges after Liverpool tipped to open $75m talks with Porto

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Liverpool has been tipped to reignite its interest in Porto midfielder Alan Varela during the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old only joined Porto a year ago from Boca Juniors but has enjoyed a fine first campaign in Europe.

He starred against Arsenal in the Champions League and has already drawn similarities to fellow Argentine and ex-Liverpool favorite Javier Mascherano. Varela's performances have attracted interest from a number of clubs including Bayern Munich but Liverpool is said to be right in the mix.

Argentine publication TN Todo Noticas reports that Liverpool has made contact with Porto over a possible deal for Varela, who has a release clause worth $75m (£60m/€70m) in a bid to pull clear in the race.

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Yet as things stand, it appears a move for Varela is unlikely. Liverpool completely overhauled its midfield a year ago with the signings of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo and all made positive impacts in their first seasons.

Now, the Liverpool ECHO claims figures at Anfield have played down 'genuine interest' in Varela. It is claimed there is a feeling that the player's agent is responsible for driving the transfer speculation.

New boss Arne Slot is expected to prioritize strengthening in other positions after officially starting work as Jurgen Klopp's replacement on Saturday. A central defender is likely to be targeted after Joel Matip was allowed to leave following the expiration of his contract.

According to The Athletic, Slot and new sporting director Richard Hughes will also look to add another wide attacker to the ranks ahead of the return to next season's Champions League.

Liverpool.com says: Varela has already shown his talent at Porto but it does appear he will not be on Liverpool's radar this summer. The transfer window brings plenty of rumor and speculation and this one will be no different. There will be targets for Slot and the Reds hierarchy but this one should be taken with a pinch of salt.