Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Ezequiel Lavezzi Bid and Mauro Icardi Rumours

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi controls the ball during a training session in Vespesiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014.  Argentina plays in group F of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Liverpool are believed to be close to signing Argentina superstar Ezequiel Lavezzi after submitting a bid to Paris Saint-Germain.

Metro picks up on a report by Spanish paper AS, which says Brendan Rodgers has bid £17.9 million for the player as he looks to fill the gap left by Luis Suarez.

Lavezzi is one of the highest earners at PSG, but he is thought to be out of favour with manager Laurent Blanc, as per Metro.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson confirmed that the expected arrival of Angel Di Maria at the Parisian club will be partly funded by the sale of Lavezzi:

Lavezzi featured six times at the recent World Cup, providing one assist but failing to score.

If the 29-year-old does become available on the open market, his signature will be in great demand.

There are similarities in Lavezzi's and Suarez's game, notably their work rate, but the Uruguayan is a class apart. However, Lavezzi would act as a good foil for Daniel Sturridge as Liverpool look to keep up with last season's outstanding goalscoring performance.

Another Argentinian on Rodgers' radar is Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi.

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Citing reports in Italy, Alex Harris of the Daily Express writes that the 21-year-old will be subject of a £16 million bid from Liverpool, but the Italians rate him nearer to £28 million—a huge difference in valuation. 

Icardi played 22 times for Inter in Serie A last season, and he hit nine goals in the Italian league.

He is an up-and-coming talent but cannot be considered a direct replacement for Suarez. Reporter Nicolo Schira insists the Reds have yet to make a move for the young striker:

Rodgers will certainly need to strengthen his front line in reaction to the sale of Suarez, and the Argentina pair are both interesting targets. The manager recently admitted that the club will be in the market for new talent, as per Jack De Menezes of The Independent.

He said: "We need to make sure we have the freshness so there's still one or two areas to look at. There is no point mentioning numbers or positions, we want to strengthen a couple of positions and if we can do that I'll be really happy."

Lavezzi's busy style and skillful abilities would make him the darling of the Kop, as Liverpool fans search for a new hero. However, at his age, Lavezzi looks heavy in terms of his transfer fee, and Rodgers would be looking for a player who will definitely provide 30-plus goals this season.

But Lavezzi would like the all-out action of the Premier League, and Liverpool would be a good fit for him with their high-pressing style.

Icardi would be a gamble for the Reds, in comparison.

He did well for Inter last season, but it is questionable if his value is truly representative at present. He is still young and will develop further, but Liverpool need to bring in a top-class attacker to deal with Suarez's exit, as opposed to further swelling their riches of talented youth.


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