Luis Diaz is set to become a Liverpool player before the window closes, as long as everything goes well with the Colombia international’s medical.

There’s been some anger among FC Porto fans, and people associated with the club, about why they’re selling their star player in the middle of the season. Currently top of the Portuguese league, Porto clearly have a good chance of winning the title, so the sale will come as a blow.

On top of that, many in Portugal believe the fee Liverpool are paying, €45m plus a possible further €15m in bonus payments, is simply too little, with some calling it a bargain.

Record, who were one of the first to report the transfer in the early hours of Friday morning, have a Saturday report which seeks to explain why the deal is happening.

The Portuguese newspaper states: ‘The transfer of Luis Diaz to Liverpool avoided the exclusion of FC Porto from European competitions for three seasons. The Dragons were notified at the beginning of December and were obliged to pay off all debts by January 31, having the same threat hanging over them as Sporting and Santa Clara, formulated by the UEFA financial control body.’

Selling Diaz to Liverpool was therefore seen as the ‘lesser evil’.

Porto’s plan had been to sell the player for €80m next summer, but their ‘financial crisis’ and the Reds’ offer made them reconsider.

According to the report, Jurgen Klopp’s side are set to pay the full transfer in ‘less than two years’, rather than over the course of the player’s contract at Anfield.