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Manchester City and Liverpool front runners for Porto midfielder Alan Varela

Liverpool and Manchester City are closely monitoring the progress of Alan Varela, the talented midfielder plying his trade at Porto this season.

Varela officially joined Porto after signing a five-year contract, with the initial transfer fee reported to be around 8 million euros, supplemented by an additional 3 million euros contingent upon his performance, stemming from Boca Juniors.

The Argentine midfielder showcased his immense potential in Porto’s recent triumph over Arsenal in the Champions League. Displaying remarkable assertiveness in his tackles and precision in his passing, Varela dominated the midfield battle throughout the game.

Alan Varela
Alan Varela

Having appeared in 28 matches for Porto thus far, Varela has notched up 2 goals and contributed with 2 assists, underlining his effectiveness on the field.

Varela’s journey to prominence began in 2019 when he earned recognition by representing Argentina U20 in the COTIF Tournament held in Spain, where he featured in 2 matches, demonstrating his capabilities on the international stage at a young age.

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The performances of Varela have not gone unnoticed by the English giants, Manchester City and Liverpool, both of whom have expressed keen interest and are closely monitoring his development.


Despite his burgeoning reputation, Porto has secured Varela’s services until 2028, incorporating a substantial buyout clause of 70 million euros into his contract, indicating their intent to retain him amidst growing interest from top clubs.

Liverpool and Manchester City’s pursuit of Varela signifies their acknowledgment of his immense talent and potential to make a significant impact at the highest level of football.

Manchester City
Manchester City

As Varela continues to impress with his performances on the pitch, the attention from elite clubs like Liverpool and Manchester City is likely to intensify, setting the stage for a potential transfer saga in the future.

For now, Porto can take solace in the fact that they possess one of the most promising midfield talents in European football, with Alan Varela poised to play a pivotal role in their ambitions for success both domestically and in continental competitions.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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