Liverpool have big advantage over Barcelona in race for Ruben Amorim

Ruben Amorim's release clause could be an 'impediment' for Barcelona in the race to land the highly rated manager, amid interest from Liverpool.

Following the news that Xabi Alonso is set to remain at Bayer Leverkusen for next season, Amorim — the current head coach of Sporting CP — quickly became the new favourite to succeed Jurgen Klopp in the Anfield dugout.

Speaking after progressing to the Portuguese Cup final on Tuesday night, Amorim cryptically responded 'we'll see' when asked directly about his future beyond May.

However, much like Alonso, Amorim's admirers are not only on Merseyside.

Barcelona have also been named as possible contenders for the 39-year-old Portuguese, with Xavi Hernandez set to stand down from his role at Camp Nou this summer.

It was reported earlier this week that Amorim is a leading target for Barça, while the LaLiga giants could look to steal a march on Liverpool in the appointment.

Amorim issue for Barça

However, that one report has been played down in Catalonia, with Mundo Deportivo claiming that there are issues with the option of Amorim.

The former midfielder, who is under contract in Lisbon until 2025, comes with a hefty release clause of as high as €15m.

Ruben Amorim

Atalanta BC v Sporting CP - UEFA Europa League Ruben Amorim, head coach of Sporting Clube de Portugal, looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg football match between Atalanta BC and Sporting CP. Bergamo Italy Copyright: xNicolòxCampox

That figure is described as a possible 'impediment' for Barça, given the much-publicised delicate economic situation at the club.

For Liverpool, however, the idea of paying around £13m to secure their top managerial target is unlikely to be seen as prohibitive, giving the Reds a major advantage.

Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo's report claims that Barcelona have their eyes on other coaches, including Luis Enrique (PSG), Hansi Flick (unattached) and Rafa Marquez (Barcelona B). Interestingly, it is also added that the club has not ruled out persuading Xavi to reconsider his decision and stay on beyond the end of the season.

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