Liverpool have been heavily linked with Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca who has a £21.5m release clause, but the same report in the Mirror reckons that we’re also keeping tabs on Zenit striker Salomon Rondon.
The Mirror think that Liverpool will no longer pursue Christian Benteke due to Aston Villa’s insistence that he’ll cost £32.5m (his release clause), meaning we’re going to look around Europe for a more financially viable alternative.
Rondon, the 25-year-old powerful forward, joined the Russian club from their rivals Rubin Kazan in 2014, and has plundered 20 goals in 36 league appearances during that time. He’s tall, quick and can finish off either foot – although he’s also very erratic – capable of putting in a superb performance one weekend and a horror show the next.
Rondon is currently at the Copa America with Venezuela, where he bagged in his side’s opening group game versus Colombia – who intriguingly field Bacca up top.
We’re desperate for a striker following the failure of our current batch in 2014/15. Daniel Sturridge missed most of the season injured, Rickie Lambert couldn’t translate his Southampton promise into Liverpool goals, Fabio Borini is desperate to leave (via Guardian), while Metro reckon Besiktas could sign Mario Balotelli – who’s been similarly poor since arriving from Italy last summer.
A top striker is simply a must. Let’s hope that whoever we get can hit the ground running and help put the disappointment of last campaign behind us.