Liverpool Transfer News: Ezequiel Lavezzi Door Opens, Sergio Romero Talks Begin

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2014

NAPLES, ITALY - AUGUST 11:  Ezequiel Lavezzi  of Paris Saint Germain smiles after the pre-season friendly match between SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stadio San Paolo on August 11, 2014 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have been given a boost in their hopes of signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi after the Argentine turned down a new contract with the Ligue 1 champions.

According to Metro, PSG are unhappy with the 29-year-old's rejection of a new offer and are now prepared to move him on:

Liverpool have got the green light to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi after he turned down a new contract at Paris Saint Germain – and was told to leave. [...]

The Reds have already made an £17.9million offer for the player and now look set to conclude a deal with PSG keen for him to go.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been very active in the summer transfer window as he prepares his side to challenge both domestically and in Europe next season.

However, with the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool are currently short on true quality in attack, and Lavezzi may be the right man to solve that problem.

Although he has failed to hold down a first-team spot since moving to Paris in 2012, he still managed nine goals in Ligue 1 last season.

Furthermore, at previous club Napoli, he was often fantastic, providing numerous goals and assists and creating chances all over the place, per StatsBomb's Ted Knutson:

Rodgers believes that Liverpool's success in the transfer market—they have spent £110 million on the likes of Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic, Emre Can and Adam Lallana—shows the progress his side are making, per David Maddock of the Daily Mirror: "It’s a huge indication of the progress of the club - a really good symbol of where the club is at. We have made huge strides in the last couple of years. That ability to attract top players is great."

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 27: Liverpool Coach Brendan Rodgers before the start of the match against the Olympiacos FC in the International Champions Cup 2014 on July 27, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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The signing of Lavezzi would be another indicator of said progression and could represent the final piece of the puzzle for life without Suarez.

Furthermore, the Reds have also reportedly opened talks to sign Sampdoria and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero after Pepe Reina's departure to Bayern Munich. 

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Sergio Romero of Argentina looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty
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Romero was part of the Argentina side that made it all the way to the Word Cup final in Brazil, and Liverpool have approached Sampdoria about a potential switch, with the 27-year-old set to be allowed to leave, per Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Metro).

Reports suggest the Reds could sign the player for as little as £2 million, very good value for a fine keeper and someone who would provide stiff competition for current No. 1 Simon Mignolet, per's Jay Jaffa:

Both Romero and Lavezzi would represent excellent signings for Liverpool as they would cover areas in which the Anfield outfit currently look short.

Both seemingly are reasonably priced and would be fine additions to a squad currently looking just short of one capable of competing in the Champions League and the Premier League.

Rodgers has already done excellent work in the transfer window, but he would truly have worked wonders if he can complete these final two moves.