Liverpool will make an ambitious move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani if they fail to sign AS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao before the transfer window closes on September 1.
This is according to German newspaper Bild - and brought to our attention by the Daily Star - who claim that Cavani is currently the second-choice option of Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers, who is still seeking a world-class replacement for Luis Suarez.
Rodgers keen to sign world-class No. 9
Liverpool started the 2014/15 campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Sunday, but failed to convince against Ronald Koeman’s side. And with the Merseyside outfit braced for a gruelling season, featuring Champions League football, Rodgers is acutely aware of the need to recruit another revered number nine.
Falcao, 28, is keen to leave AS Monaco after just one season with the Ligue 1 outfit. The Colombia international flourished with FC Porto before earning a move to Atletico Madrid in 2011, where he established his status as one of the world’s most clinical strikers.
However, it seems the £200,000-a-week South American is holding out for a dream move to Real Madrid, with Los Blancos president Florentino Perez a big fan of the player.
PSG to offload Cavani?
Cavani, meanwhile, could be moved on by PSG if the French champions manage to secure the services of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria.
The Parisians will need to offload a big-name star before they are able to finalise a deal for the Argentina international, who remains a target of Manchester United but is believed to be happy to move to the Parc des Princes.
Liverpool would face stiff competition for Cavani’s signature from several Premier League rivals, including both Arsenal and Manchester United. Chelsea have also been linked with the £51 million-rated striker in recent weeks.
Watch: Edinson Cavani in action
Liverpool can finance deal
But Rodgers knows the club is in a healthy financial position after offloading Suarez to Barcelona for a fee in excess of £60 million, and subsequently have the funds available to finance a deal for both the Uruguay international’s wages, plus the transfer fee.
Cavani’s agent Claudio Anelluci revealed last week that his client would “love to play in England”. However, he added that the striker had not yet reached a final decision over his future.
“There has been much interest in the player during the last six months,” he told reporters. “I can confirm that Cavani heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal.
"Already said he would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision.”
Liverpool also have an interest in PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, but Cavani would be a considerably more impressive coup.