Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi could join Liverpool before the summer transfer window closes on September 1, despite the French champions' star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sustaining an injury against SC Bastia on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic, the powerful Sweden international, is expected to miss the next four weeks after straining a muscle; but, according to Le Parisien journalist Julien Laurens - and brought to our attention by the Metro - Lavezzi could still leave the Parc des Princes within the next fortnight.
Lavezzi: More dispensable than Cavani
The 29-year-old Argentina international is more likely to depart PSG than teammate Edinson Cavani, who has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent weeks.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc has reassured Cavani that the 2014/15 campaign - his second in the French capital - will be a less frustrating year, having spent most of last season playing out of position in order to accommodate Ibrahimovic.
The Uruguay international has already opened his account for the new season and is expected to lead the PSG line in Ibrahimovic's absence. This will be his big chance to prove to Blanc that he deserves to be the Parisian's starting striker.
Lavezzi-PSG contract talks break down
Lavezzi, however, finds himself lower down the pecking order and could be willing to leave the Ligue 1 outfit if an offer is accepted. It was reported at the weekend that contract talks have broken down between the player and his current employers, boosting the chances of a transfer happening before September 2.
Liverpool are lining up a £16 million bid, according to the same report, but face competition from Serie A champions Juventus.
Watch: Lavezzi in action
Other interest in Lavezzi
Chelsea have also been linked with the tenacious forward, who has scored 23 goals and provided 18 assists since arriving at the Parc des Princes in 2012, as have Premier League rivals Arsenal.
But Liverpool appear to be at the front of the queue as things stand, with Reds' boss Brendan Rodgers determined to bring the former Napoli star to Anfield.
Rodgers is acutely aware of the need to bolster his attacking options ahead of a gruelling season, featuring Champions League football, and Lavezzi would be a significant coup for the Merseyside outfit following the loss of Luis Suarez.
Lavezzi proved at Napoli that he possesses the natural ability to be a prolific goalscorer - and the opportunity to play regular first-team football in the Premier League with Liverpool, one of European football's household names, may appeal.
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