Liverpool are chasing right-back Maxi Pereira, according to the Daily Express. The Uruguayan is being lined-up as a possible replacement for Glen Johnson, who may be on his way out of the club this summer.
Johnson still has a year left on his current deal, but is refusing to agree to a contract extension with the club. Queens Park Rangers have shown an interest in the England right-back, and Liverpool could look to cash-in this summer rather than lose him on a free transfer next year.
Johnson is currently 29-years-old, and Brendan Rodgers was keen to see him continue at Anfield until Andre Wisdom was ready to step-up into the first-team. However, with Johnson set to leave the club this summer, Rodgers is looking at Pereira as a short-term stop-gap in the right-back position.
According to reports in Portugal, Liverpool have already made contact with Benfica over a possible move for their player, who is keen to leave Portugal in search of a new challenge. The player has already confirmed that he is considering his future at the club, and the chance of moving to a club of Liverpool's stature could convince him that his future lies elsewhere.
He previously told reporters in Portugal, when asked about his future with Benfica, “I do not know if I will continue.”
Rodgers is keen to bolster his squad ahead of Liverpool's first season back in the Champions League, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi being targetted. However, despite all the attacking talent currently being linked with the club, Rodgers is thought to have made strengthening the defence a priority this summer.
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