Jurgen Klopp may fail to land Liverpool midfield target due to £31m release clause
Liverpool are chasing Porto's defensive midfielder Ruben Neves but the club could balk at the sizeable £31million release clause it may take to secure his signing.
One of Jurgen Klopp's summer transfer targets may not don the Reds shirt due to a massive release clause in his contract.
Defensive midfielder Ruben Neves, who plies his trade with Porto in the Primeira Liga, is a player on the German manager's radar.
Despite becoming the youngest player to skipper a Champions League side when he was handed the armband during the 2014/15 season, the player's failure to fully establish himself in Porto's lineup this year has left doubts over such a huge price tag.
Neves only made 13 starts for Nuno Espirito Santo's side in the league this season, with nine more as substitute. This was just two more starts than he made in his breakthrough top division season.
However, Portuguese publication Record report that Klopp remains a big fan of the combative midfielder, according to the Express.
It is thought that Porto will hold out on selling Neves unless an interested club meets the youngster's release clause.
Neves' reported transfer value in the current market is in the region of £8million, though Porto have a history of pulling in significant transfer fees:
The 25 highest transfer fees Porto received since 2000: pic.twitter.com/i5SaMcaWxs— Mr. Numbers (@Mister_Numbers) July 1, 2015
Neves has two Portugal caps under his belt but failed to make the country's 23-man squad for Euro 2016.
Another Portugal midfielder in the form of Sporting's Joao Mario is also reported to be on Klopp's wishlist, with reports last week suggesting that the Anfield club would attempt to hijack any Manchester United move for the 23-year-old.