In the past couple of days, there’s been some big noise in the Brazilian media about Liverpool’s interest in Flamengo star Lucas Paquetá.
All these outlets have been crediting the news to The Mirror, who would have claimed that Jurgen Klopp wants the player signed this summer.
That’s typical from the Brazilian press to do, and despite the lack of attention, Marques is reliable enough to take the rumour seriously.
Now what the Brazilian media has been saying is that Paquetá is only leaving in case his release clause is triggered. For that to happen, Liverpool would have to spend €50m.
Outlet Lance even reports that Flamengo are currently trying to give the player a new contract, which would run until 2022, increasing the release clause to €80m.
And even if Liverpool get to an agreement for the player, there’s a chance they could lose the race. That’s because Valencia have a priority option, which was agreed when goalkeeper Diego Alves moved to the Brazilian side.
So if the Anfield side are really keen on Paquetá, they better be aware that he won’t come cheap.