Colombian international Luis Muriel is one of the hottest talents in the Serie A, and he's going to get some long looks from big clubs that want to beef up their strike forces.
Muriel has already scored twice in the league this season, coming off the bench on opening weekend to pull Udinese closer in a 2-1 loss to Lazio, then playing the full 90 against Parma, scoring a penalty to put the match to bed 3-1. He also scored twice in the Europa League qualifying round. Francesco Guidolin has so much faith in the youngster that he has bequeathed him the No. 9 shirt for the campaign.
Dubbed the "Colombian Ronaldo" by Goal.com (seen here via Yahoo! Sports), Muriel's speed and ability to dribble and finish have all brought comparisons to the Brazilian legend. Muriel himself patterned his game after Ronaldo and is an Inter Milan supporter because of him. Inter may look towards him at some point, but interest has been coming from another part of Europe recently.
Muriel was recently the poster child for how Twitter can send transfer rumors ablaze when a journalist's misinterpreted tweet led to reports all over the internet that Liverpool was targeting the Colombian as a replacement for Luis Suarez.
Liverpool blog This is Anfield details how things got out of hand, but Goal.com reported Muriel as a potential target for the Reds nearly two months before the unfortunate Twitter incident.
Suarez is staying with Liverpool for now, but the Uruguayan's volatility means that things could always go south by the January window. Udinese is developing a reputation as a talent farm in Serie A, and while they avoided another sale this year, a significant offer would leave them little choice, especially if their early Europa League exit is combined with a poor start.