Liverpool waiting on funds to launch Ezequiel Lavezzi move

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Liverpool are set to increase their efforts to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi, but are currently waiting to receive the remaining funds from their blockbuster sale of talismanic striker Luis Suarez.

Such speculation comes courtesy The Daily Express, who cite reports in Italy claiming that the Reds remain keen on Paris Saint-Germain forward Lavezzi but face a wait to make their move for the £18.5 million-rated Argentine until Catalan giants Barcelona have paid the remaining amount of the £75 million fee owed for Suarez.

The same source reports that once that is done, Liverpool will go after Lavezzi as Brendan Rodgers seeks to further improve his attacking options in the wake of the departure of the Premier League's best player.

Hot commodity

Lavezzi appears to have become somewhat of a hot commodity in this summer's transfer market, with a number of clubs believed to be interested in his signature. 

Despite having made 32 Ligue 1 appearances at the Parc des Princes last season, it is looking increasingly unlikely that the former Napoli man still has a key role to play for PSG as they tirelessly chase the signature of compatriot Angel di Maria.

Premier League rivals Chelsea have been frequently linked with Lavezzi following his impressive run to the World Cup final with Argentina, while Serie A champions Juventus have also been credited with an interest. 

Indeed, reports that surfaced last week claimed that the player himself was very keen to move to Turin, something which will concern both the Blues and Liverpool moving forward given Juventus' dominance in Italy that has seen them win three consecutive league titles and also significantly improve their standing as a transfer destination.

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Credible ambition

While Chelsea's need for Lavezzi is not immediately obvious, Liverpool remain just short of the attacking quality necessary to compete for honours domestically and indeed in the Champions League.

The deal to bring former Southampton striker Rickie Lambert to Anfield was an incredible bargain, but it remains to be seen if the England international is capable of thriving  alongside Daniel Sturridge, even with the service provided by fellow newcomers Adam Lallana - who will miss the opening six weeks of the new season with a knee problem - and Lazar Markovic.

Rodgers' apparent pursuit of Lavezzi - along with that of Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus - deserves credit for its sheer ambition, even if both are considered unlikely to make the move to Merseyside in the near future.

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