Liverpool seal Luis Diaz deal from Porto….

Liverpool have completed the signing of Porto winger Luis Diaz, in a deal worth £50million (€60m/$67m).

The Colombian international has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal having undergone a medical in Argentina on Saturday, and will wear the No.23 shirt at Anfield.

The Reds will pay an initial fee of £37.5m (€45m/$50m) for the 25-year-old, with an additional £12.5m (€15m/$17m) in performance-related add-ons.

Porto forward Luis Diaz joined Liverpool for an initial £37m, with the fee potentially rising to £49m.

Spurs wanted to sign Diaz during the current window and were willing to pay up to £46m, but the winger preferred a move to Liverpool

“He’s an outstanding player and someone we’ve been tracking for a very long time,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

“We believe he has everything needed to fit into our way and adapt to the Premier League, both physically and mentally.

“He’s a player who is hungry for success and knows you have to fight to get what you want. He is a fighter, no doubt. He’s a skillful team player who has always the goal in mind.

“This team deserved to add quality and when we played against Luis earlier this season, we saw what a danger he is, how fast he is and how his mentality was to help his team.

“Luis is a player we believe will make us better now and in the future. He’s the player we really wanted and they’ve (the owners) made it happen, so I’m very happy.”

Diaz underwent a medical in Argentina as he is on international duty with Colombia for their World Cup qualifiers.

He played in both of Porto’s matches against Liverpool in the Champions League this season, but was unable to help them avoid a 5-1 home defeat in September or a 2-0 loss at Anfield in November.

The deal represents a big coup for Julian Ward, who is set to succeed Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards in the summer, as he took the reins in negotiations.

Diaz requires a work permit to enter the UK, meaning he is unlikely to arrive in Liverpool until the end of next week at the earliest.

Liverpool’s next match is at home to Cardiff in the FA Cup on Sunday, February 6.

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