Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been offered a €30 million incentive to sign Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio this summer, after it emerged that the Primeira Liga giants are willing to sell their No.1 custodian for significantly less than his buyout clause.
According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, the 27-year-old's current activation fee stands at a mouthwatering €40 million, but so desperate is club president Bruno de Carvalho for funds that he's now ready to accept offers as little as €10 million for the stopper.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been frequently linked with a move for the Portugal international, particularly when Simon Mignolet was struggling for form at Anfield earlier in the campaign.
At one point the former Sunderland man actually lost his place in the side to back-up keeper Brad Jones, but since returning to the starting XI he's produced much more consistent performances between the sticks for Liverpool.
However, now that the chance to secure Patricio's signature for a cut-price fee has presented itself, Mignolet might have increased competition to contend with on Merseyside next season.
There's no way Rodgers was going to meet the Sporting star's buyout clause this summer, but the fact he can now lure him to England for a fraction of the price means a prospective deal could be back on the cards when the transfer window reopens.
Negotiations are unlikely to be completely straightforward, though, owing to the fact that Marco Silva's side don't actually own full rights to Patricio, with 35 per cent of his registration controlled by a third party - similar to the one that made a mess of Marcos Rojo's switch from Estadio Jose Alvalade to Manchester United last summer.
Thankfully the Red Devils found a way around to get the deal for the Argentine defender done, and that will at least give Liverpool supporters a little bit of hope that an agreement can be reached, which will allow Patricio to follow former team-mate Rojo to the Premier League.
Liverpool fans: Do you think Brendan Rodgers should press ahead with the transfer of Rui Patricio at a significantly reduced asking price of €10m? Or are you happy with Simon Mignolet as your first-choice goalkeeper next season? Have your say below...
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