Flush Liverpool entering bidding war for world class striker
With Liverpool’s American owners expected to back Jurgen Klopp heavily in the next transfer window, a world class striker who is sure to cost a bob or two is supposedly being targeted.
According to the Daily Star, Liverpool have matched a humungous bid of £62m from bitter rivals Manchester United for Napoli goal machine Gonzalo Higuain.
A Premier League switch for the Argentine has been in the reckoning for a long time, though before now concrete approaches by English clubs haven’t really materialised.
Napoli seized upon Arsenal’s lack of conviction when he left Real Madrid in 2013.
However, as Higuain approaches the end of a third season in Serie A whilst supposedly stalling on a fresh contract offer from his Italian paymasters, the likes of Chelsea, United and now Liverpool seem intent on exposing the situation.
Higuain has been nothing if not prolific since slipping on the sky blue of Napoli, notching 80 goals from only 140 appearances.
Such returns for the 28-year-old have not gone unnoticed and if reports he is agitating for a move are true, then the Argentina international could well be sporting the new Premier League logo on his arm next season.
Given Klopp’s glaring lack of faith in Christian Benteke, it’s widely believed the German manager will be willing to shift the Belgian on to make room for another centre-forward that suits his playing style better.
Daniel Sturridge may have enjoyed a rare period of fitness lately, but Benteke’s place in Klopp’s plans is now in serious question with his compatriot Divock Origi having replaced him in the pecking order.
Signing a player of Higuain’s reputation would be a huge coup, though it would surely hinge on the Reds being able to offer some form of European competition again in 2016/17.
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