12 Sept 2016

Anfield-bound? Klopp wants 'fantastic' €18m striker who'd 'like to play for Liverpool'. Sign in January?

Last season, River Plate star Lucas Alario confirmed that he'd like to sign for Liverpool at some point in the future, and new reports today suggest 23-year old striker remains on Jurgen Klopp's transfer radar.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca over the weekend:

* Liverpool, Spurs, and Benfica are all interested in signing Alario.

* The Argentine striker now has an €18m release clause in his contract.

Recent transfer timeline:

* Feb 2016: Alario told Argentine TV Show TyC Sports: "I'd like to experience the Premier League, and I'd like to play for Liverpool".

* Mar 2016: Argentine news portal Infobae claimed that River Plate rejected Liverpool's lowballing £6m offer.

* Apr 2016: Speaking to Marca, Alario enthused: "I have a Liverpool shirt, and I do career mode with that team [on the Playstation]".

Some info about Alario, recently described by River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo as 'fantastic':

* Centre-forward, who can also play as a secondary striker, or a left-winger. Current contract expires in 2018.

* 24 goals/assists in 33 apps for River Plate (One every 122 mins)

* Dec 2015: Played against Barcelona in the World Club Cup Final.

* Apart from a dislocated shoulder earlier last season, Alario has remained injury free since 2011.

Like Marko Grujic, Alario is cheap, comparatively unknown, and under the radar, which means he fits Jurgen Klopp's (historical) transfer template. A viable future option?


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