Jurgen Klopp has secured the signings of seven players so far this summer, spending over £65 million in the process.
But the agent of one Euro 2016 winner has revealed today that Liverpool did their best to take those numbers to eight arrivals and over £100 million spent with a bid for his client this week.
According to Kai Joorabchian, speaking to Portuguese publication Report and since translated via The Telegraph, the Anfield club made a big money offer for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario, only to be rebuffed by the Portuguese team.
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"A European champion must be rewarded," Joorabchian said when discussing Mario's future. "From now on, we either discuss a new contract or the sale to another club.
"Sporting received four offers. Inter Milan and Liverpool, certainly, with amounts between 35 and 40 million, plus bonuses. Sporting turned down all bids."
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The update firms up previous rumours about Liverpool's interest in the 23-year-old that began over the weekend, when Mario's father claimed the Premier League outfit had had a bid turned down for his son.
The midfielder enhanced his reputation with several impressive performances as Portugal went all the way to lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, and he would certainly make a good addition to the Anfield squad after the sale of Joe Allen to Stoke City this week.
Clearly, though, getting Sporting to play ball is proving to be a difficult task. Although, as Joorabchian notes, it isn't only Liverpool who are struggling to match the Portuguese side's asking price.
Alongside Inter Milan, Report claim that Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain were the other two teams to have had their offers rejected this week.
Mario, who racked up one assist and one yellow card in his six appearances at Euro 2016, is believed to have a €60 million release clause in his Sporting contract.
Whether Klopp is willing to stretch that far to sign him is unclear at this stage, however.
Speaking today via the Liverpool Echo, the German boss explained that his business might be done for the summer.
"We will see how the players react on my decisions again because we will have more players than 11 for sure, and then you have to accept a few decisions and you have to take it as an opportunity."
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