Benfica forward Carlos Vinicius has admitted that he is flattered to be linked with a move to Liverpool. The Brazilian, who has been in outstanding form this campaign, is being tracked by the Reds according to reports on the continent, and when asked about the rumours, the 24-year-old replied:
“Liverpool? I’m happy, but I focus on the present. I’m happy, because I know that’s a result of the daily sweat. But the focus is on the present; I’m leaving tomorrow to the right moment. (I’m) very happy at Benfica, which is a great club, with 100% focus. Although it’s the best moment of my career, I know that if I stay focused, I’ll achieve even more. That’’s what motivates me.”
Vinicius reportedly has a release clause of €100m (£87m) but Spanish publication AS claims that Benfica will listen to offers for around €60m (£52m) in the summer with the Portuguese club looking to make a quick profit on the €17m they paid Napoli for the player last July.
The striker has made 36 appearances in all competitions this campaign, scoring 20 goals and providing 12 assists. It must be said, though, he managed just one goal in five Champions League group games, although he was only given starts in three of those matches.
Vinicius has played exclusively as a number nine for Benfica this season, and he would likely provide competition for Roberto Firmino if Liverpool do make a move for the player in the summer.