Tuesday, April 16

Liverpool complete $67m signing of Luis Diaz from Porto

Liverpool have completed the signing of Porto winger Luis Diaz in a deal worth £50m (€60m/$67m).

The Colombian international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract after passing his medical in Argentina on Saturday and will wear the number 23 shirt at Anfield.

The Reds will pay an initial fee of £37.5m (€45m/$50m) for the 25-year-old, with an additional £12.5m (€15m/$17m). ) in performance-related plugins.

What has been said?

Klopp expressed his delight at Diaz’s arrival at Anfield, telling the Reds’ official website: “I couldn’t be happier to have been able to close this deal and bring Luis to Liverpool.

“He is an outstanding player and someone we have been following for a long time.

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“We think he has what it takes to fit our way and adapt to the Premier League, both physically and mentally. He is a player who is hungry for success and knows that he has to fight to get what he wants. He is a fighter, no doubt. He is a skilled team player who always has the goal in mind.

“This team deserved to add quality and when we played Luis earlier this season, we saw how dangerous he is, how fast he is and how his mentality was to help his team.

“Luis is a player that we believe will make us better now and in the future.”

What will Diaz bring to Liverpool?

Diaz will add even more firepower to Jurgen Klopp’s ranks when he enters to compete for regular minutes alongside Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.

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The Colombian emerged as one of the best young wingers in Europe during his three-year spell at Porto, registering 41 goals and 19 assists in 125 games.

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Diaz took his game to new heights in the first half of the 2021-22 campaign, scoring 16 goals in 28 appearances for the Portuguese giants, and Liverpool fans are hoping he can transfer that form straight to the Premier League.

What else could happen at Liverpool before the transfer deadline?

The Reds are hoping to receive offers on a number of players before Monday’s 11pm GMT deadline, with Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Nat Phillips, in particular, attracting interest.

Origi is wanted by Newcastle and Atalanta, among others, and could leave if a suitable offer comes through.

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Liverpool have received proposals from Leeds and Monaco for Minamino, but GOAL understand they are reluctant to sanction a loan deal and the player is not interested in leaving, preferring to fight for his place if possible.

Phillips, meanwhile, is on the roster of a number of Premier League clubs, including Burnley, Watford, Newcastle and Brighton, but there has been only one concrete approach so far, a loan-to-own deal from Watford which Liverpool have rejected.

There may be interest in full-back Neco Williams, though Liverpool would only sell if the other was important, while midfielder Leighton Clarkson will be allowed to go on loan having failed to keep a regular place with Championship side Blackburn. during the first half of the season.

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