After reports emerged suggesting that Ezequiel Lavezzi's contract talks with Paris Saint-Germain have stalled, his links with Liverpool became all the more intense.
The Daily Star's Bruce Archer writes that PSG's need to fall further in line with Financial Fair Play regulations could lead to the winger's sale, but should the Reds really consider entering the race?
Having already crossed the £100 million mark in their summer transfer expenses, Liverpool are entering a cooling period with regards to their recruitment. Lavezzi's supposed £20 million price-tag could be the first detractor in his potential acquisition.
PSG manager Laurent Blanc has been candid in admitting he won't stand in the way of players who wish to leave his ranks, per Football Italia, which would seemingly leave Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers free to cut a deal:
If someone wants to leave, we will not stop them. I have a strong and talented team. We have signed the players we wanted to get and we have strengthened the positions we wanted. If the team remains how it is I would be very happy, but the window is still open and anything could happen until the end. If a player wants to go we won’t stop them and maybe we would sign someone else to replace them.
Throughout the Reds' summer reinforcement, there has thus far been not only a sense of rearming their squad to challenge right now, but clearly attention has been devoted to planning for the future also.
Is Lavezzi worth a £20 million investment?
Rickie Lambert is by some margin the oldest of Rodgers' signings this summer at the age of 32, Adam Lallana being next in the order at 26 and fellow former Southampton star Dejan Lovren following him at 25.
In that sense, 29-year-old Lavezzi wouldn't be the most long-term of solutions for the Merseysiders, and his demands for first-team playing time would undoubtedly inhibit others.
In terms of talent, the South American is of course a great talent, OptaJean showing just what a prolific asset he's been on the club level so far this calendar year:
50% - Ezequiel Lavezzi has scored with 7 of his 14 shots on target in Ligue 1 in 2014. Efficient.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 15, 2014
However, there is so much to be considered other than plonking talent in the middle of a side already showing great promise, and were Lavezzi to arrive, it could stunt the hopes of players such as Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and others.
As far as Liverpool's style goes, one can understand how PSG's want-away star would fit in, bringing a zip to the flanks that would undoubtedly go down well, just as it has in Ligue 1 and Serie A, during his Napoli days.
However, Lavezzi's strikes as a deal where there has to be a bigger picture in sight, and considering the club are by no means short on wide options these days, his may be a prospect better left untouched.