Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd consider bringing Rafael Camacho back to the Premier League
Chelsea and Man Utd consider bringing Rafael Camacho back to the Premier LeagueRafael Camacho left Liverpool last summer in search of first-team football and are among a host of Premier League clubs interested in signing Sporting Lisbon youngster Rafael Camacho in the summer transfer window. Camacho left last July in search of regular first-team football, which Sporting vowed to give him.
The winger has not cemented a starting berth at Sporting but has shone across 17 appearances in all competitions which have yielded one goal.
Camacho has made it onto the teamsheet for Sporting’s last four Primeira Liga games and his form has caught the eyes of many Premier League clubs.
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According to , United and Everton have now added themselves to the list of sides monitoring the 19-year-old.
Chelsea and Arsenal were already known to have an interest, while Tottenham scouted the player during a loss to Benfica last month.
Camacho rejected a five-year deal at Anfield to join commit his future to the Jose Alvalade Stadium until June 2024 but is ostensibly open to a move.
The Portugal Under-20 international would not hesitate to join one of his former club’s rivals as he seeks the best club to further his development.
Camacho can also play in a deeper midfielder role and as a wing-back as well as an advanced flanker.
It was Liverpool’s decision to field him at right-back which pushed him towards the exit door last year, though.
In a rant about his position on Instagram, Camacho wrote: “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.”
The youngster is said to have left on good terms with Jurgen Klopp, however, who still keeps in contact with him.
Camacho’s only goal this season came against Portimonense in the Taca da Liga - Portugal’s version of the League Cup - and Klopp called him afterwards to congratulate him on his first senior goal despite having been busy as he'd just won the FIFA Club World Cup with Liverpool.
The gratitude taken from that strike, which he notched on December 21, was only heightened by Klopp’s call, as Camacho’s father told .
“Rafael was even happier when he received the call from Jurgen Klopp to congratulate him on the goal,” the star’s dad said.
“In fact, they exchanged congratulations, as Rafael also congratulated him on winning the Club World Cup.”