Liverpool’s on-going search for striker reinforcements continues with Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain the latest player to be linked with a move to Anfield.
Rafael Benitez’s recent purchase of Manolo Gabbiadini from Sampdoria has reportedly triggered discussions in Naples of offloading Higuain in an attempt to balance the books an avoid any sanctions through UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
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The former Real Madrid striker arrived at the Serie A side in 2013 for a sum thought to be in the region of €37 million and may prove difficult to offload without a loss on their investment.
Cash flow problems
Despite cashing in on €64.5 million for the sale of Edinson Cavani in the summer of 2013, those funds were quickly re-invested in the likes of Pablo Armero, Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and, of course, Higuain.
But exchanging their star player for a host of squad improvements backfired for the Partenopei who currently sit fourth in Serie A and are already 13 points off league leaders Juventus.
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The Reds look like the favourites to secure the Argentinean’s services as they look to re-build their forward line after summer signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert particularly disappointed.
And after losing out on Barcelona shot stopper Victor Valdes to Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool have been linked with Higuain’s compatriot Sergio Romero.
Simon Mignolet and Brad Jones have proven to be below the required quality for Liverpool to mount a realistic title challenge in the near future so Brendan Rodgers is thought to be on the search for a new goalkeeper.