Liverpool in talks with South American trio: £35m mega deal close to completion

Liverpool have entered talks with three of the biggest South American names currently playing in Europe, according to reports.

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The Metro suggest that the Reds are currently speaking to strikers Carlos Bacca and Salomon Rondon, as well as Roberto Firmino, who is a key Manchester United target.

The Liverpool Echo report that the move for the Brazilian has already been agreed, with the player signing a five-year deal at Anfield. The Echo also suggest that the transfer will cost at least €25m.

Firmino is a versatile player, who has shone for Hoffenheim this past season in the Bundesliga. Normally featuring slightly deeper than the striker, his goalscoring tally is fairly impressive, having found the back of the net seven times in the top flight. But, he has also bagged ten assists which put him third in the league last season.

And should he sign, he may be trying to put chances on a tee for either of their other two targets, although talks for Bacca and Rondon do not appear to be at such an advanced stage, the Metro suggest.

Bacca has a release clause of £21.5m, which the Reds would need to trigger if they wish to get a deal done, such is the regard that Sevilla hold him. He scored 20 times in La Liga, as well as the two crucial goals in the Europa League final.

Meanwhile, the Metro believe that Rondon would be available for around £14m, although he has not been quite as prolific as the Colombian – he scored 13 goals for Zenit. However, he is three years younger which would perhaps suggest that he fulfils more of the criteria for what has become the traditional Liverpool signing in recent years.

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