Liverpool could be set to boost their forward line this summer with the signing of Serie A star Luis Muriel.
According to reports in Italy cited by The Metro, the 22-year-old has told his current club Udinese that he wants to move to the Premier League and Liverpool are now subsequently weighing up a £17 million summer move for his services.
It is further stated that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in more top-class talent in the future and has received positive scouting reports regarding Muriel.
Colombian international Muriel, who boasts incredible versatility and an ability to play anywhere across the frontline and even out on the wing, has enjoyed an encouraging season in Serie A and has notched eight goals in 27 appearances for Udinese.
Such performances have really shown a mature progression from Muriel, who has been sent out for loan stints at the likes of Granada and Lecce since arriving at Stadio Friuli from Deportivo Cali in 2010.
Liverpool's apparent desire to bolster their squad should come as no surprise to supporters. With the club doing far better than expected this season and occupying the lofty heights of second place in the Premier League, their return to the Champions League looks all but assured and there is no doubt that they will require strengthening if they are to compete sufficiently once again with Europe's elite.
While it could certainly be argued that Liverpool should prioritise finding suitable defensive reinforcements for their unconvincing backline, there will surely be no area of Rodgers' squad that will escape scrutiny.
If Muriel were to arrive at Anfield, he would certainly be in good company with strike duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge forging a credible reputation as arguably the Premier League's most dynamic and devastating strikeforce this season.
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