Liverpool may have to work hard to sign Fabio Vieira from Porto as their first refusal on the attacking midfielder ‘does not exist’, according to a report.
Vieira was in great form with the Portuguese club during the season just finished. He notched seven goals and 16 assists in all competitions, helping Porto to win the Primeira Liga title.
The Portugal starlet appears set for a bright future, as he is putting up those numbers aged just 21.
And Vieira could follow Luis Diaz to Liverpool in the summer. According to a recent report from the Daily Mirror, Jurgen Klopp’s side have come to an agreement with Porto over his signature.
The Reds apparently have first refusal on Vieira, should he opt to push through a transfer.
Portuguese outlet O Jogo provide more information on Vieira’s Liverpool links, as cited by Sport Witness.
They cast doubt over whether Vieira could end up in England this summer.
That’s because Liverpool’s first refusal to land the attacker ‘does not exist’. Instead, Porto are working hard to keep Vieira and Wolves loanee Vitinha at the Estadio do Dragao.
New Fabio Vieira release clause emerges
O Jogo also contradict previous claims about Vieira’s release clause. The Daily Mirror suggest it stands at just £12.7million. This would make his signing almost risk free as it’s not a huge outlay.
But his release clause actually stands at £42.3m, according to the latest from Portugal. Of course, this means far more consideration will need to be put into a potential deal.
This is a big fee for Liverpool to pay, especially for a young player with no experience outside of Portugal.
For example, the Reds only paid an initial £37.5m for Diaz. The left winger is 25 and had been a top performer for Porto for several seasons.
The significant release clause, as well as the lack of a first refusal clause, could force Liverpool to look at alternative signings.
There are bound to be players of a similar age who have big potential, just like Vieira – but who won’t cost more than £40m.
Meanwhile, the parents of Jobe Bellingham have come to a decision regarding the Birmingham youngster’s future. Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are all keeping tabs on his situation.
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