Liverpool are in pole position to land Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto this summer, as the youngster has conceded that a move to Anfield is something he would be interested in.
Reports late last year inferred that Brendan Rodgers was monitoring Vietto’s situation in Spain ahead of a possible move for him at the end of this season, and with speculation mounting, the question regarding his future was put to the 21-year-old. He responded in a manner that will be taken extremely positively by Reds fans.
"If these great teams come forward and make an offer we’ll see," he told AS - as relayed by the Liverpool Echo - about Liverpool’s interest.
"The offer would first have to be very good, but it would be very good for me and good for Villarreal."
Liverpool supporters will certainly be happy with the speculation linking them with a new frontman given how frustrated they’ve grown with the likes of Mario Balotelli. The sale of Luis Suarez, coupled with the lengthy injury picked up by Daniel Sturridge, meant that Rodgers’ side toiled to little avail during the opening months of the season, and it’s taken them until very recently to find their flow in front of goal.
Raheem Sterling has been utilised as an effective option when Sturridge is unavailable, but the trio of Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Balotelli just don’t look capable of being nearly as prolific as the ex-Manchester City academy man. As a result Rodgers needs options moving forward and Vietto will cost him far less than some of the other targets he could opt for.
The Argentinian starlet, known by some as the new Sergio Aguero, is averaging under a goal a game in La Liga this season with 0.48, but he can boast having found the net 11 times in just 23 domestic appearances. Such stats make for optimistic reading if you’re a scout, and it’s no doubt one of the main reasons he finds himself on Liverpool’s radar.
Whether or not he’d make an immediate impact however remains to be seen, with more experienced heads than he having failed to meet the required standard the ever-demanding Premier League insists upon.
What’s more likely is that he would slot in as a backup option for his first season in order to find his feet, though in order for that scenario to play out one of Lambert, Borini or Balotelli would need to start showing Rodgers they can be relied upon, lest he be forced to buy in a replacement.
Liverpool fans, is a player like Vietto what you need this summer? Or should Rodgers focus on more experienced heads? Let us know in the comments box below...