According to reports Premier League side Liverpool narrowly missed out on signing Napoli striker, Gonzalo Higuain, after their £22m + Lucas Leiva bid was turned down close to transfer deadline day.
The Reds were strongly linked with signing a striker throughout the Summer after selling Luis Suarez to FC Barcelona, and despite bringing in Mario Balotelli from AC Milan, and Rickie Lambert from Southampton, Brendan Rodgers was still on the hunt for another attacking option.
Rodgers was keen to add more firepower to his side after losing star-man Suarez, and his attentions turned to Higuain after the Argentine impressed in Serie A last season, and kept up his form in Brazil during the World Cup. In fact, his form was so impressive, Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, urged the club to try and sign him during the Summer, and was trying to convince Higuain to move back to Spain in order to join the Catalan giants.
Staying Put, Slow Start
However, after returning to Italy, Higuain put to bed all exit rumours claiming he was happy in Naples with Rafael Benitez. Despite revealing his intentions to stay, after a slow start to the new campaign and also being eliminated from the Champions League in the qualifying rounds, reports of unrest hit the Napoli camp, with Higuain and Marek Hamsik both linked with exits.
Alarm bells started flashing for Benitez's side and with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all keen on signing the Argentinian striker, it looked likely that a transfer was possible.
Reports in Brazil then reported that Liverpool were set to offer £22million for the striker, but also throw in holding-midfielder, Lucas Leiva, as part of the deal as Benitez was keen on signing him after building an impressive relationship at Anfield.
However, that last ditch bid was rejected and Rodgers missed out on signing another striker as Higuain stayed in Italy for another season at least.