Last week Argentine paper infobae claimed that Liverpool had made an unsuccessful £5.7m bid for River Plate forward Lucas Alario, and now the player himself has spoken up a potential move.
“Tell them to contact me!” Alario said, when asked on Argentine TV channel TvC Sports (cited in the Express) about an English switch.
“Given the choice, I’d like to experience the Premier League, and I’d like to play for Liverpool. I always select them when I play football on the Playstation.”
But the Mirror have revealed barriers to Alario in the form of third party ownership, which is of course banned in the Premier League.
According to Ed Malyon, River only own 30% of the 23-year-old’s economic rights, although have another deal to purchase another 30% for £950k lined up. The further 40% belongs to a company associated with Alario’s former club Colon – who want £4m for it.
Liverpool’s interest is driving the price of this 40% up, and it remains to be seen whether River Plate will complete their 100% ownership in time for us to buy him legally in the summer.
Alario’s ten goals in 22 games since moving to the Argentinian giants have seen Borussia Dortmund monitor his progress as well, says the Mirror’s report.
We hadn’t heard much about the forward before it broke that we’d made an offer, but have checked out his past intensively since. Alario wasn’t prolific for Colon, a small Argentine side, but has made a significant step up since signing for River last year. In terms of style, he’s a fighter with a great touch – a la Carlos Tevez – although those comparisons are obviously a little premature. He’s happy to drop deep and hold the ball up, but also offers something behind the opposition defence. This all-action style suits Jurgen Klopp and the style he’s implementing at Liverpool.
The fact we’re targeting a forward though surely proves Christian Benteke is on his way out, as confirmed by the BBC’s Ben Smith recently.