Liverpool have turned their attentions to Paris Saint-Germain star Ezequiel Lavezzi, and are aiming to capture him as the replacement for Luis Suarez, according to reports in Italy.
TuttoSport makes the claim that Brendan Rodgers has his side firmly in the hunt for the Argentina international’s signature, having undoubtedly been made aware that he is likely to be sold by Laurent Blanc in order to fund PSG’s transfer pursuits. The Ligue 1 champions have high-profile targets of their own, but the Financial Fair Play restrictions in place mean that they will be forced to offload certain star players to generate money.
Interest in Lavezzi
Of course Liverpool aren’t alone in having registered an interest, and both AC Milan and Juventus are also mentioned as viable suitors. Lavezzi has struggled to make his mark in France despite the fact that he was such a hit for Napoli in Serie A, and so the idea of being flogged takes on a heightened significance.
Despite this he would still command a fee of around £18million, which could potentially put the Reds in the driving seat. Whilst AC Milan are struggling thanks to their recent dip in form and Juventus are limited to the money they can part with unless they decide to sell the likes of Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba, Liverpool have money in the bank left from Suarez’s £75million sale, and fans are expected the Uruguayan to be replaced.
Though Anfield fans are desperate to convince themselves that it’s possible, finding an adequate alternative to Suarez will most certainly be the hardest task of Rodgers’ managerial career to date. Having pulled out of a deal to sign QPR’s Loic Remy at the eleventh hour Liverpool remain in need of another prolific front-man, and though Rickie Lambert has arrived from Southampton he’s hardly the type of like-for-like replacement supporters will have had in mind.
With that in mind it’s imperative that Rodgers can get his hands on someone who will produce goals both through assists and finding the net himself, and Lavezzi could be that type of player. The 29-year-old built an exciting reputation for himself over the course of his time with Napoli, and his efficiency as a forward shouldn’t be understated despite his relative shortcomings at the Parc des Princes.
Adapting to the Premier League
Of all of his suitors Liverpool would perhaps present the biggest challenge for Lavezzi in terms of adapting to new surroundings. A move to either Juve or Milan would see him return to his old haunt of Serie A, yet a transfer to Merseyside would force him to quickly acclimatise to the rigours of Premier League football.
Liverpool fans, do you think Lavezzi would be a proper replacement for Suarez?