Liverpool facing huge competition for Serie A striker and Croatian starlet

Liverpool are primed for a big transfer summer in order to amass enough quality players to put together a strong bid for the Premier League title.

Coach Jurgen Klopp has already signed Joel Matip, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius, with Sadio Mane expected to have his medical on Monday before signing a five-year contract at Anfield and joining the Reds in a £34 million deal from Southampton, according to the BBC.

The Reds are not done yet and have identified AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca as a primary target upfront. Last summer’s top transfer Christian Benteke is primed to leave Liverpool and Klopp wants the Colombian to add more firepower to his attack.

Bacca had a great season with AC Milan, scoring 20 goals in all competitions and providing four assists, which has attracted a number of clubs. West Ham had a £16 million bid rejected by the Rossoneri, while Arsenal are also interested.

Now, according to Calciomercato (via Football-Italia), AS Roma and Juventus have joined the race to sign the 29-year-old. The Giallorossi are ready to pay Bacca’s price tag of £23 million, but only if they are able to sell former Manchester City star Edin Dzeko.

Meanwhile, according to Sky Italia (via Football-Italia), AC Milan and Juventus both sent scouts to Croatia’s encounter with Spain last week, which they won 2-1, and were impressed by Marko Pjaca’s performance.

The two Serie A giants are ready to make contact with Dinamo Zagreb in the coming weeks, with a bidding war against Liverpool becoming increasingly likely.

Klopp has been watching the 21-year-old’s performances, as he scored six goals in the final two months for Dinamo, since he took control of the Reds and wants Liverpool to make a bid this summer.

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