Liverpool has completed the signing of Colombia winger Luis Diaz from Porto in a deal worth 45m euros (£37.5m), with a further 15m euros (£12.5m) in potential bonuses. Diaz has signed a contract until 2027 with the Merseyside club.
Liverpool Signs Luis Diaz from F.C Porto
The 25-year-old had previously been linked with a move to Tottenham, who reportedly had a bid of around £38m turned down. Speaking on his new deal, the star player said: “I’m very happy to sign for Liverpool.” Diaz requires a work permit and is unlikely to arrive in Liverpool until the end of next week at the earliest.
He has so far scored 14 goals and provided five assists in 18 league appearances this season for his former side F.C Porto, who are top of Portugal’s Primeira Liga. Diaz was Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s main target for the summer transfer window when the asking price would have been closer to £50m but the Reds changed their stance when it became clear the winger could move elsewhere if they did not act.
Speaking about his arrival, Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp said: “I could not be happier that we’ve been able to get this deal done and bring Luis to Liverpool.”
The manager also said: “I have always been a believer in only signing players in January if you would want to sign them in the summer, and that’s very much the case with Luis.” “He is an outstanding player and someone we’ve been tracking for a very long time.
Luis Diaz is currently on international duty with Colombia for World Cup qualifying matches. Liverpool sent a delegation to Argentina – where Colombia play on Tuesday – to conduct a medical so the move could be completed before the January transfer window closed.