Liverpool sign Diaz despite Utd, Spurs interest

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Liverpool have completed the signing of winger Luis Diaz from Porto despite strong interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. The deal is subject to Diaz agreeing a work permit.

Sources told ESPN that Diaz was Jurgen Klopp’s primary target for the summer transfer window, but the club brought forward their plans to sign the winger when Spurs opened talks with Porto last week. Sources added that Diaz has signed a contract until 2027 at the club.

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Liverpool faced a host of logistical issues in signing Diaz, who is in South America with the Colombia squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Argentina, but were able to complete the deal ahead of the by the 11 p.m. GMT (5 p.m. ET) transfer deadline on Monday. Diaz requires a work permit to enter the United Kingdom and therefore will unlikely arrive in Liverpool until the end of next week at the earliest.

The winger has been in fine form for Porto this season, scoring 14 goals in 18 games in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, as well as scoring twice in this season’s Champions League group stage.

Diaz joined Porto from Colombian side Atletico Junior in 2019 and has made 125 appearances, scoring 41 goals and registering 20 assists.

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