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Liverpool to beat Spurs to £37.5m signing of Diaz


Published : 28 Jan 2022 09:06 PM

Jurgen Klopp's side have brought forward their interest in the Colombia international, who could move to Anfield before deadline day

Liverpool are trying to sign Porto winger Luis Diaz ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, GOAL can confirm.

The Reds are ready to launch a surprise late bid for the Colombia international, who had until recently been expected to join Tottenham.

No fee has been agreed for the 25-year-old at this stage, although reports from Portugal claim that Liverpool are prepared to pay an initial fee of €45 million (£37.5m/$50m) with an extra €15m (£12.5m/$17m) in performance-related add-ons.

Liverpool were initially looking to strike a summer deal for Diaz, but have brought forward their interest after Spurs accelerated theirs.

Julian Ward, the soon-to-be sporting director, is leading negotiations, assisted by the outgoing Michael Edwards, and while there are still hurdles to overcome - Diaz is currently away with Colombia in Argentina, for example - the deal would be seen as something of a coup, should the Reds manage to complete it. Diaz has twice played against the Reds this season in the Champions League for Porto, and though Liverpool won both games comfortably, it is understood that their scouts have been impressed by his progress.

He is viewed as a player who has proven himself sufficiently in a good league - and in European competition - but who, at 25, still has significant room for improvement and development. He has played predominantly on the left for Porto, but is able to occupy other forward positions if required.