Liverpool’s desire to sign a new striker has seen them turn their attention away from Aston Villa star Christian Benteke, and instead target Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.
According to the Daily Mail, the Reds have decided to forget about the Belgian as they are unwilling to pay the £32.5m required to trigger his release clause, and have instead decided to go after the 30-year-old.
The Mail report that the Spain international’s future with the Serie A champions is in doubt as the Old Lady close in on the signing of Atletico Madrid man Mario Mandzukic. And with the club securing Llorente’s signature two years ago on a free transfer, they may be willing to let him go for a much smaller price than the one the Villains are demanding for Benteke, with the Mail suggesting that he could cost just £12m.
And while he may be considerably older than the Villa forward, his aerial ability means that he offers the same kind of threat as the 24-year-old. He is also a strong hold up player, which will allow the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana to make runs from deeper, which will make them trickier to mark without leaving gaps in behind the defence.
The Mail also suggest that Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca is also attracting Rodgers’ attention as he looks to give Daniel Sturridge some support up front. However, it seems ambitious to suggest that the 28-year-old would be willing to leave a team that will play in next season’s Champions League for a club that has qualified for the Europa League.