Chilean World Cup star Alexis Sanchez has reportedly been valued at £32 million by Barcelona, with the La Liga giants prepared to cash in on the forward.
Liverpool are willing to meet this price and would consider taking Sanchez in part exchange for Luis Suarez if the Catalan giants added another £50 million in cash.
Certainly, Sanchez's World Cup performances will have increased his value. He was fantastic throughout the tournament and was arguably the best player on the pitch as Chile were cruelly knocked out on penalties by Brazil in the last 16.
Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli was full of praise for his star player but believes he may be restricted while playing for Barcelona, per Ben Hayward of Goal.com:
With Chile, Alexis knows he is a decisive player. He is very highly thought of - a superlative player. But perhaps at Barcelona, with the team-mates he has and all the great players there, it is more difficult. But for me he has all the conditions to be one of the best players in the world: assists, goals, dribbles, everything.
Meanwhile, the Reds may be looking to offload Suarez after his latest indiscretion, and if they can strike a deal that includes Sanchez plus a large sum of cash, they would have made a smart transfer, per the Sunday Telegraph's Jason Burt:
Liverpool want Sanchez + prepared to sell Suarez at right price to Barca. Makes sense to negotiate at same time. Details on Telegraph Sport— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) June 28, 2014
Sanchez bagged 19 goals and 10 assists in La Liga last season, per WhoScored.com, and he would fit perfectly in Brendan Rodgers' fast-paced, counter-attacking style.
However, the Reds may struggle to snap up Sanchez, as he is reportedly more keen on a move to Arsenal than to Merseyside if he is to leave the Camp Nou, per Sport and via Vaishali Bhardwaj of Metro.
Contrastingly, Liverpool are reportedly in the driving seat to sign Sporting Lisbon left-back Marcos Rojo, having missed out on their prime target in that position, Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno.
O Jogo, via 101 Great Goals, reports that the 24-year-old Argentinian is valued at €20 million (£16 million), and the Reds currently head Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona in the race to sign him up:
However, the link with Rojo is by no means concrete, and Rodgers is more likely to be currently focused on any potential Suarez and Sanchez swap.
He has already completed the signings of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can, but with Champions League football looming next season, Rodgers needs to bring in more quality and depth if Liverpool are to compete at the highest level.