Israel Oliveira, FC Porto’s attacking midfielder’s agent has publicly stated that the Leeds United target is not for sale.
The Record reported July 12 (print edition, page 16) that Leeds were indeed leading the race to secure the 27-year-old’s services.
O Jogo reported on June 22 that the Portugal international has a £33million release clause valid until July 15.
Speaking about his future, his agent said: “I don’t know why there is so much confusion. I don’t know why they talk about so many clauses, when you know that 99% of them are negotiable.
“Otavio has an amendment, yes, and once a year the clause drops to 40 million euros. Does it sell? Otavio is not for sale, he is not for sale and the president does not want to transfer it.
“They said I was in London to negotiate, they said so many things and I didn’t take a single step to negotiate because it was never for sale.”
The agent will never come out and say a player is not for sale if he really is.
It just seems to be media driven narratives in order to destabilize the player and it doesn’t even look like Leeds like him.
All their interest comes from the Portuguese media and his agent statements should clear everything up once and for all.
Leeds don’t need another attacking midfielder this summer and there’s no way they’ll pay their release clause to sign him.
They will now focus on a striker as well as a left-back and they can’t afford to be lured into links with players like Otavio.
Let’s hope Victor Orta seriously considers becoming a left-back as it’s a highly in-demand position after Junior Firpo’s injury.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims a midfielder admired by Marcelo Bielsa is set to leave this summer.