Liverpool face reported competition from Chelsea in the race to sign striker Lucas Barrios.
The Paraguayan international forward has been heavily linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund in recent months, with former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson thought to be keen on bringing the player to Anfield.
Barrios has recently professed his desire to play in either England or Spain after hitting the goal train for the Bundesliga leaders, although it’s now unclear if Liverpool are still interested in signing the player.
"It's pleasing to know Italian clubs are interested in me. I have always been fascinated by Serie A, but La Liga and the Premier League are also leagues I would like to play in one day," the player told Sky Sport.
TalkSPORT now claims that Chelsea have joined the race for the player, nicknamed ‘La Pantera’ (the panther), and are considering a €20.4 million summer move for the former Colo Colo star.
Kenny Dalglish spent big on strikers in January, investing over £50 million on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez on deadline day at Liverpool.
The Scot has hinted at further additions in the summer, and whilst a striker is not thought to be a priority Liverpool continue to be linked with a number of forward players.
Carlo Ancelotti also spent big on strikers, with former Liverpool superstar Fernando Torres joining the ranks at Stamford Bridge. However, the ageing front-line is thought to be a concern for the Italian and Barrios could add depth to the Blues’ ranks.
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