Wolves face a battle sign £10m-rated Liverpool forward Rafael Camacho, according to his father.
Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to add the 19-year-old promising and versatile attacker to his squad this summer. But there is competition for his signature, in the shape of his old club Sporting Lisbon, their Portuguese rivals Benfica and RB Leipzig.
Camacho’s father Euclides is quoted in Portuguese paper Record as saying: “Sporting is a good possibility. Rafael played there for eight years. Going back to a club that you know well would be a bit like coming home. He knows the club, people know him and this could be an advantage.
“There’s another great club. We know that they are also following this situation closely. As with the case of Sporting, it would imply the return to Portugal, which is something that we would welcome.”
Camacho is expected to leave Anfield this summer after failing to agree a new contract. He has 12 months left on his current deal.
Wolves are keen to strengthen their attacking options with Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro made available to leave this summer. Fulham and Huddersfield want Cavaleiro and Leeds are hoping to sign Costa on loan.
Camacho signed for Liverpool in 2016 from Manchester City, having left Sporting in 2013.
The Lisbon-born player can play anywhere in the forward positions but also right wing and wing back and has represented Portugal at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 levels.
The youngster made his senior debut at Molineux against Wolves in the Reds’ 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat on January 7. He made his Premier League debut 12 days later in a 4-3 win against Crystal Palace.
His keenness to leave the Europan champions stems from a disagreement about what his best position is. While he sees himself as an attacking player, boss Jurgen Klopp prefers him as a full back.
“He is good in defensive challenges,” said Klopp. “He’s an offensive player in his mindset and everything but look at our full-backs and where are they most of the time? You need these offensive skills. It is the learning process Robbo (left back Andrew Robertson) went through. He was a fantastic left-winger but played full-back and now he is a full-back. That’s really cool.”
But Camacho disagrees, and after scoring a hat-trick for Liverpool’s Under-23s against Leicester last season, he posted on social media: “I do not know whose idea it is, but I will prove that they are mistaken about my football. I’m not a right defender, I’m an attacker who scores goals. This is my DNA.”