Liverpool eye £15m Benfica ace

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is considering a move for Benfica's Nolito in an effort to provide some service for his side's stuttering strikeforce, according to talkSPORT.

The 25-year-old Spaniard only joined the Portuguese giants at the beginning of this season, but has caught the eye of several European clubs with a string of top performances in this year's Champions League.

Reports in the Portuguese newspaper Record claim Benfica would consider offers of around £15m, slightly less than the fees Liverpool paid for Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson.

Nolito joined the Lisbon-based club from Barcelona, where he failed to break into the starting 11, making just five first-team appearances. However, his impressive record for Barcelona B prompted Benfica to sign the winger, and since then his stock has risen considerably.

Several stars of Benfica's Champions League campaign this season have attracted interest from English clubs, with Manchester United heavily linked with Benfica's Argentine playmaker Nicolas Gaitan. Benfica topped United's group in the opening stage of the European Cup, before bowing out in the quarter-final against Chelsea.

Nolito could be Dalglish's first summer signing as he looks to strengthen his squad for a possible top four challenge in the Premier League next season.

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