Liverpool have been linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi following the collapse of a deal that would have seen Loic Remy arrive from Queens Park Rangers.
Liverpool agreed a fee of £8.5 million for Remy, which had activated his release clause, and the France international had been in Boston over the past few days in order to be assessed by the club’s medical staff.
However, Remy failed his examination - with some reports suggesting the 27-year-old has a heart condition - although QPR manager Harry Redknapp has contested claims that the player was unable to pass his medical.
But the deal is off and Liverpool must now look elsewhere for players capable of replacing the departed Luis Suarez. According to the Daily Express, Lavezzi has now been identified as a potential recruit.
Lavezzi to be shifted?
Any potential deal for Lavezzi would hinge on PSG’s supposed interest in Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, with the Ligue 1 club required to sell before they can buy again.
FFP sanctions placed upon the club have restricted PSG to a €60 million net spend during this transfer window, and the acquisition of David Luiz from Chelsea has ensured that this mark has already been reached.
If PSG are now to move for Di Maria then they must conduct something of a firesale, with Edinson Cavani and Lavezzi seemingly the most sellable assets. The latter could reportedly cost Liverpool around £18 million.
An exciting player
Lavezzi would certainly provide Brendan Rodgers with great versatility in forward positions - something the Liverpool manager looks for in potential recruits. The Argentina international is most effective on the left, but can play through the middle when required.
He of course also possesses experience of Champions League football, which is something Liverpool will require for the new season, while his is the type of dynamic, exciting player that would thrive in a Rodgers system.
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More recruits needed
However, although Liverpool do have Daniel Sturridge among their number, they could do with another natural finisher to soften the blow left by the Suarez departure. Finishing is certainly not one of Lavezzi’s finest attributes.
Rodgers is likely to target a more natural striker after the plug was pulled on the Remy deal and, given the vast reserves at his disposal, it could be that the club are able to clinch the signing of a real marquee player before the close of the window.