Liverpool transfer latest: Reds to make shock approach for Man United striker, plus more rumours

first_img 7 7 Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – Click to arrow to see which Premier League hitman remains to be linked with a Merseyside move – A move for another striker target, Gonzalo Higuain, remains on the table, although Napoli have reportedly slapped a £66million price tag on the former Real Madrid man – demanding prospective suitors meet his €94.7m buyout clause. The 27-year-old Argentine, who netted 18 goals in Serie A last season, has the class to succeed at Anfield but is he worth smashing the club’s transfer record for? Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) Click the arrow to see which Copa America star is also on the Reds’ wanted list – Brendan Rodgers is determined to boost his forward line this summer, so they may look to long-term target Benteke as their fall-back option if their pursuits of higher profile players fail. An offer of £22m for the big Belgian was rejected by Aston Villa a few weeks ago and they are reportedly prepared to up their bid to £25m, though that still falls short of the player’s £32.5m release clause. Having struggled throughout the final days of Paul Lambert’s reign as boss, Benteke has thrived under new manager Tim Sherwood, yet Reds fans still aren’t sold on the forward, with many believing the funds could be put to better use elsewhere. CLICK FOR THE LATEST LIVERPOOL TRANSFER RUMOURS Liverpool have been busy bees already this summer, with Brendan Rodgers strengthening his squad with five new arrivals before the transfer window has even opened.James Milner will provide steel in midfield in the absence of departing club captain Steven Gerrard, while Brazilian Roberto Firmino could prove a hit at Anfield as he links up with countryman Philippe Coutinho in attack.But, aside from Danny Ings – likely to play a role off the bench after signing from relegated Burnley – the Reds have yet to land a top striker to boost their goalscoring threat.Rodgers’ side struggled last season without star man Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, whose campaign was plagued with injury, as they only managed a sixth place finish on the back of their previous runner-up spot.The Merseysiders have been linked with a host of talent from around the world in recent weeks, so trusty talkSPORT are here to sort through the latest reports. 7 7 7 Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) – Click to arrow to see which Man United striker has been linked with a shock Anfield switch – One of the many strikers linked with a move to Merseyside. Bacca was a hit for Europa League-winning Sevilla last season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions and was thought to be one of the Reds’ priority signings this summer. However, their pursuit was dealt a huge blow on Saturday, with the player’s agent revealing Bacca has agreed terms with AC Milan. Sevilla are reportedly yet to sanction the deal, but the striker is reportedly keen to move to the Italian side. 7 Javier Hernandez (Man United) – Click to arrow to see which star forward the Reds will have to break the bank to buy – With their quest for Bacca seemingly now over, rumours on Saturday suggested the Reds could turn to arch rivals Manchester United instead, with Mexican striker Javier Hernandez out of contract with the Red Devils next year. Having found first-team football hard to come by on loan at Real Madrid last season, ‘Chicharito’ wants assurances over his game time at United before deciding on his future. A natural goalscorer and a real grafter in a Mexico shirt, he could be another inspired transfer if Liverpool are serious about their interest. Salomon Rondon (Zenit St Petersburg) – Click the arrow for the latest on contract rebel Raheem Sterling’s impending exit – One of three players – along with Bacca and now-signed Firmino – the Reds were thought to be monitoring at the Copa America, the Venezuelan international emerged as one of the brightest talents in the Russian league last season, scoring 13 goals in 26 games for Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit St Petersburg. Latest reports have varied between Liverpool giving up and still in the chase, though it is widely understood he is below Benteke on the club’s wanted list. However, with his asking price of around £15m significantly less than the Belgian’s, the 25-year-old – known for his physical presence and aerial ability, could prove a decent purchase for a man of his club and international experience – having already won 39 caps for his nation. 7 Raheem Sterling – Off to Manchester City? – Talk has cooled on the youngster’s future as Reds fans allowed themselves to be swept up by their early success in the transfer window, but there seems to be no way back for the wantaway winger. His standing with the Anfield faithful has deteriorated since his agent admitted he will not sign a new deal, and a move to Manchester City is apparently imminent. Only time will tell the fee Sterling will eventually leave for, though early reports suggest the mega-rich Blues will meet Liverpool’s £50m asking price, making Sterling the club’s joint second most expensive sale in their history.last_img

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