Schalke ‘agree’ to sign Liverpool’s Rafael Camacho
That’s according to Germany’s Kicker on Wednesday.
Having previously been linked to Wolves, Kicker now report that Liverpool attacker Rafael Camacho is joining Schalke.
Schalke’s new manager is former Huddersfield boss David Wagner, who was Jurgen Klopp’s best man at his wedding.
Kicker failed to mention many key details of the impending Schalke transfer, including any information on the transfer fee or length of the contract.
With the deal still not confirmed by the clubs, 19-year-old Camacho currently has one more year to run on his Liverpool contract.
Camacho only made one cameo appearance in the Premier League in 2018-19, during Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace.
Klopp also played Camacho for 90 minutes in the FA Cup against Wolves in January. But instead of playing in an attacking role, Camacho was deployed at right-back.
That led the teenager to post the following on Instagram.
Possible impact on Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes
Not everyone agrees with Kicker’s story about Schalke.
In Portugal on Wednesday, Correio da Manha posted an update on Liverpool’s attempts to sign Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes.
24-year-old Fernandes is in demand this summer after an outstanding campaign with Sporting CP.
In the league, Bruno Fernandes scored 20 goals and chipped in with 13 assists in 33 games.
Bruno Fernandes also scored three goals in the Europa League and another six goals in the Taca de Portugal.
Aside from Liverpool, Correio da Manha link Man United, Tottenham, Inter Milan and PSG to the Sporting star.
The Portuguese paper suggest that Liverpool could agree a deal with Sporting for Fernandes, which would include Rafael Camacho going in the opposite direction.
Sporting CP were also listed as a rival suitor for Camacho in Kicker’s report.
However, assuming Camacho ends up heading to Schalke, that could affect Liverpool’s chances of signing Fernandes.
Other keys points in Correio da Manha’s update on Bruno Fernandes
(1) Liverpool have reportedly already submitted a €45 million bid for Fernandes.
(2) There’s a clause in Fernandes’ contract which stipulates that Sporting have to pay the midfielder €5 million in compensation if they reject any bid worth over €35 million for his services. Sporting have no intention of making such a payment, though, as they plan to sell Fernandes.
(3) Sporting president Frederico Varandas has told the club to “accelerate” Fernandes’ sale.
(4) Sporting CP are hoping to hold out for a €70 million offer for Fernandes.