Liverpool could meet the release clause of defensive target David Carmo, though a prominent journalist has suggested a move would depend on a current star’s exit.
The Reds were riddled with injuries in the defensive department last year with all three senior centre-backs being ruled out for significant portions of the season.
During Jurgen Klopp’s search for centre-back reinforcements in January he came across David Carmo. The centre-half currently plies his trade for Braga in the Portuguese top flight.
Carmo has featured in nine games for Braga this season since returning from an ankle fracture. At 22, the defender still has plenty of time on his side to develop and perfect his game.
In last year’s January transfer window, Liverpool managed to offset their injuries when signing both Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak.
Carmo was also in the running to become a Liverpool player but a loan with an option to buy for £17m was reportedly turned down by Braga.
Since then, however, Carmo has signed a new contract until 2025, though it does reportedly include a release clause of £34m.
Portuguese paper O Jogo (via the Liverpool Echo) claims that Jurgen Klopp’s team could be back in for the Under-21 Portugal international this summer.
They also claim that Liverpool have been in contact with Braga in recent weeks regarding a move for the centre-back.
David Carmo transfer could depend on Joe Gomez
The signing of Carmo could all be dependent on whether or not Liverpool cash in on Joe Gomez this summer.
The defender has only appeared six times in the Premier League this year and is seemingly out of favour with Klopp. Indeed, the bulk of his outings have come at his more unfavoured position of right-back too.
When asked about a move for Carmo in a Q&A for the Liverpool Echo, journalist Ian Doyle stated he’s “not sure a centre-back is a priority just yet.” However, he did admit their defensive plans could hinge on Gomez’s future.
“There’s no doubt Liverpool are looking to evolve by again looking to younger talent,” said Doyle.
“I’m not sure a centre-back is a priority just yet, though. It may depend on what happens with Joe Gomez this summer.”
When looking at each of the players’ statistical seasons according to WhoScored, Gomez has made on average 0.6 tackles per game, 0.6 interceptions per game and 1.1 clearances. In contrast, Carmo has made 1.0 tackles per game, 1.1 interceptions and 4.3 clearances.
The stats showcase the raw talent that Carmo has and on paper, he appears to have all the tools that will make him a top-class defender in the years to come.
Earlier this season, Klopp suggested Gomez’s future lies with Liverpool amid January speculation linking him to Aston Villa.
“Joey is an incredible football player,” Klopp said (via Liverpool World).
“He will play a lot of games during his career 100% and will play a lot of games here.”
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