'A good opportunity' - Liverpool handed transfer chance as defender makes 'big' claim amid links

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Murillo has has made a surprise admission about Liverpool amid transfer links.

The Brazilian defender was a standout player in his debut season for Nottingham Forest last season after completing the £15million move from Corinthians. Liverpool are said to be one of several clubs considering a move for the 21-year-old.

He has a long list of admirers with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona also supposedly linked. Spending time in his homeland before pre-season, Murillo has been speaking to the Brazilian media.

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During a lengthy conversation with presenter Benjamin Back in his podcast Benja Me Mucho, Murillo was asked about the transfer links with Chelsea said to have approached Forest about the possibility of doing a deal.

Reports, however, suggested that the Reds' £60million-plus valuation was deemed too high by Chelsea.

"We don’t know anything for certain," the defender said. "The window opened last month so I’m going to return to Nottingham Forest for pre-season. There might be some discussions on whether I’ll stay or not so there’s a lot of things to happen still but I’m relaxed."

He was then asked which other Premier League club he could see himself playing for and did not hesitate to say: "I’d choose Manchester City but it would be more difficult for me to play given the players and quality they have in their squad.

"There’s City, Arsenal as well, who are fighting for the Premier League title. I wouldn’t discard Liverpool either, it would be a good opportunity for me to show my football in a big club."

Atletico Madrid are claimed to have held talks with his representatives, while Juventus reportedly ruled themselves out of the race for his signature due to being unable to accommodate another non-EU player in their squad.