Benfica boss Jorge Jesus last night admitted that Liverpool are showing strong interest in buying £25million man Rodrigo Moreno this summer, despite the fact that Manchester United want him.
Scouts from a host of English giants turned out to watch Rodrigo play against Tottenham in Benfica’s Europa League clash yesterday and, following the match, Jesus confirmed that Liverpool are definitely amongst those showing intent to sign the player. According to the Mirror, when asked whether or not he was aware of the Reds plans to prize one of his best assets away this summer, Jesus replied: “It's normal. Every Benfica player is in a big window.
“The league is full of high quality players so it's normal for other clubs to be interested.
“Rodrigo is going through a good moment.”
The words may well set alarm bells ringing for the likes of United and Chelsea, who have both been credited with long-term interest in the Portuguese playmaker. Valued at £25million, the 23-year-old has enjoyed an impressive campaign so far for Benfica, and despite having failed to make an impact during a loan spell in England with Bolton a few years ago, he isn’t short of suitors.
With Benfica already facing the possibility of losing centre-back Ezequiel Garay, it’s likely that Liverpool and co. will have to be persistent if they want to sign Rodrigo. However, with Brendan Rodgers keen to evolve his squad with an eye on the Champions League next season, the chances of them giving up the chase are low.