PORTUGAL ace Otavio is reportedly set to be the focus of a transfer tug-of-war involving Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Brazil-born forward is rumoured to be on the radar of the Anfield giants, with Newcastle also keen according to the Daily Mail.
It is claimed the Porto winger, 27, is also being monitored by a number of European clubs with a move to England’s top-flight thought to be on the cards.
However, reports in Portugal suggest Porto will only entertain transfer bids that cover the cost of Otavio’s buyout clause.
Portuguese sports paper O Bola claims the Primeira Liga giants are seeking at least £50million (€60m) for the player whose contract expires in June 2025.
Otavio is thought to have impressed with his displays on Porto’s right flank where he has notched up three goals and 12 assists in 25 top-flight appearances this term.
The winger scored in Portugal’s 3-1 World Cup qualifier victory over Turkey, with his team set to face North Macedonia for a place at Qatar this evening.
Should Otavio seal a switch to Jurgen Klopp’s side, it would see him reunited with former Porto team-mate Luis Diaz.
The 25-year-old sealed a £50million January transfer move to Anfield with Liverpool beating Tottenham to his signature – and he’s flourished since the switch.
Diaz and Otavio helped Porto to win Portugal’s top-flight title in 2020.
Otavio’s flexibility in operating across the front line is thought to have made him an attractive prospect for clubs.
It is thought Manchester United are also monitoring the player with a view to boosting their attacking options.
The club are rumoured to be looking to overhaul their attacking line-up following speculation around Marcus Rashford’s future.
Newcastle are also thought to be capable of covering Porto’s asking price for the winger with the club having added Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes, Chris Wood and Matt Targett (on loan) to their ranks in January.