Liverpool are facing a major blow as reports emerge that Spurs are now in talks to sign Porto star Luis Diaz in this January transfer window.
Reports in recent days and weeks have suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s side are very much interested in the winger, but it now appears their Premier League rivals have stolen a march on him.
According to Sky Sports, the north Londoners are in negotiations with Porto over a deal and are willing to pay up to £46m to sign the Colombian flier before deadline day next week, with Antonio Conte keen to bolster his wide options.
While Liverpool have done well to offset the absences of both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane this month, their lack of transfer activity once again is sure to leave fans fuming.
The Merseyside club have been very reluctant to splash the cash in recent transfer windows, instead opting for a more reserved approach, which has raised some real questions about whether they are making the right steps to move forward and keep up with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
In Diaz, it is clear that the Reds are interested in signing him, but have allowed Spurs to jump ahead of them in the race to land him before the January transfer window shuts next week.
The Colombia international has scored 14 goals in just 18 Portuguese top-flight games, as well as providing five assists too, showcasing a real ability to be a goal-scoring threat from out wide.
His Porto teammate Sergio Oliveira waxed lyrical about him after his goal-scoring display in the Champions League against Milan, saying: “I don’t have to answer, we know his qualities, apart from the human level he is also extraordinary on a technical level. The best for him will also be the best for us as a team.”
If Spurs do end up completing a deal for Diaz, then it would be a real setback for Klopp and his ambitions of strengthening this Liverpool squad, and have fans fuming too.