Liverpool are demanding £13.5m from Juventus for Raul Meireles, but the Italian side wants to offer Melo as part of a player-plus-cash deal, according to the Daily Mirror.
The sale of Meireles will come as a shock to fans, but Kenny Dalglish is reportedly hoping to clean out the Liverpool squad as much as possible to make room and free up money for transfer targets Charlie Adam, Scott Dann, Charles N’Zogbia and Stewart Downing.
While Liverpool rate Meireles quite highly, Dalglish doesn’t want to take on Melo, or any other Juventus player, and the manager has reportedly told Juventus that they must pay cash only if they want to snare Meireles.
After purchasing Jordan Henderson, Dalglish has so far spent a reported £20 million this summer, and the manager will be looking to purchase a big name left-back at the least before August 31st.
Dalglish will be hoping to offset Liverpool’s spending like the manager did in January, where the £50 million sale of Fernando Torres brought the combined purchases of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez down to an approximate £6 million outlay.
Melo has revealed his anger at being used by Juventus in a possible swap deal, telling reporters: "Let us say that Juve are not respecting me, or at least that's the impression I get.
"I'm not just anyone. I'm not a bargaining chip to be used to reach anybody."