Liverpool ‘very close’ to signing €60m Porto star

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According to reports in Portugal, Liverpool are closing in on the summer signing of Porto winger Yacine Brahimi in a staggering €60m deal.

The Portuguese champions have a €60m release clause in the Algerian international’s contract, but that doesn’t seem to have put off the Reds.

As reported by A Bola, Liverpool are ‘very close’ to completing the signing and are willing to meet the clause in order to secure one of Jurgen Klopp’s top targets.

The 26-year-old has scored 22 goals and provided 20 assists in 86 appearances for Porto, and although it appears as though a deal could be made, the Portuguese outfit could encounter problems given that they only own 50 per cent of his rights.

It is claimed that Porto have already identified a replacement in Brazilian talent Henrique Dourado, and so from a Liverpool perspective it appears as though the path is cleared for them to add another new face to the squad as Klopp continues to bolster his group.

However, given the fee involved, it remains to be seen how much truth is really behind the report, with doubts likely to emerge over Klopp’s willingness to part with such a substantial figure for one player.

Brahimi’s creativity, pace, technical quality and eye for goal make him a potentially excellent acquisition, but whether he’s worth the money involved is up for debate, with many likely to argue that Klopp would be better off looking elsewhere.

The 48-year-old has already added Joel Matip, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius to his squad to set out his intentions, and it’s likely that he’s far from finished with his business in the summer transfer market.

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