Portuguese outlet O Jogo have reported that Leeds United have seen a £26million bid rejected by Portuguese champions FC Porto for Otavio. The assist machine is just the latest of a number of players linked with Leeds United.
The 27-year-old has been a mainstay of FC Porto’s side since joining the club back in 2014. Since then, he has won three Liga NOS titles – playing 237 times in the process. He is an assist machine, with 62 in that time.
One every four games is quite the record – while also notching the odd goal, with 24 in FC Porto colours. A hard-working midfielder with an end product. Just what Leeds United need if they are to replace the quality of Raphinha.
Barcelona are struggling to afford his £65million price tag – while Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are keen. Reports say he would favour a move to Chelsea over Arsenal, largely due to Champions League qualification.
Leeds United have been linked with the likes of Keane Lewis-Potter, Hakim Ziyech and Charles De Ketelaere over the last 12 hours. But they have actually made a bid for Otavio, which has been knocked back.
Leeds United have seen bid rejected for Otavio
What a wonderful signing Otavio would be. A player Jurgen Klopp reportedly loves, requesting Liverpool strike a deal for the winger last summer. Of course, Liverpool have since signed Otavio’s old teammate Luis Diaz.
Perhaps unlucky to only receive seven Portugal caps, the Brazil-born star would be a real statement signing for Leeds United. He adds that tenacity, aggression and quality in the final third that would be missing if Raphinha does go.
If Leeds United can get him for anything under £35million, then it is decent business. Whether they will return for a second offer and continue to pursue Otavio after £26million was turned down, remains to be seen.
In other news, Report: Tottenham have changed their mind about one signing