Otavio is ‘not for sale’ at Porto despite reports linking the playmaker with a potential £35 million move to Premier League trio Liverpool, Leeds United and Aston Villa, the player’s agent tells Record.
This is one of those rumours that just won’t go away. Back to the Future 4, in football form.
Barely a window goes by without Otavio appearing in the gossip columns at some point or another. And this year is no different. According to reports, both Leeds United (O Jogo) and Aston Villa (Mais Futebol) tabled bids in the region of £25 million for the stylish Portugal international.
But this is all news to Israel Oliveira, speaking on behalf of the former Internacional man.
Porto will not sell Otavio
“Otavio is not for sale. He is not for sale and the president does not want to transfer him,” the agent explains.
“They said I was in London negotiating (his exit). They said so many things. I didn’t take a single step to negotiate Otavio, because he was never for sale!
“The president made it very clear that the player was not to be sold right at the opening of the window. So, for me, it didn’t make sense to work against the president’s will if the player renewed (his contract) just one year ago for four seasons.”
Oliveira does admit that there is a £35 million release clause in Otavio’s contract. That is nothing new, however. As part of his current deal, the 27-year-old is available for a reduced fee for a couple of weeks every summer.
What’s more, that clause reverts back to it’s initial £55 million value following July 15th.
“I don’t know why there’s so much confusion,” Oliveira adds. “I don’t know why they talk so much about clauses, when you know that 99 per cent of them are negotiable.”