Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Set to Make 11th Hour Bid for Fiorentina Winger

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIAugust 11, 2011

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 25:  Juan Manuel Vargas of ACF Fiorentina dejected during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 25, 2010 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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If a report by Peruvian news outlet Andina is correct, Liverpool are ready to make a last-ditch effort to sign Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas. The 27-year-old has looked all but set to join Italian rivals Juventus, but Liverpool have upped the stakes on the Torino club's 9 million pound bid to 13 million.

Vargas is a natural left winger who has spent the past three seasons at Fiorentina, scoring 12 goals in 80 appearances. He was heavily linked with several Premier League clubs last summer, including Chelsea and Manchester United, but stayed at Fiorentina. Once again this summer he was the subject of bids by Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as several top Italian clubs, but Fiorentina haven't shown any interest in selling until now.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has heavily boosted his midfield this summer, and Vargas would join Stewart Downing on the left wing. Downing could move to the right side, or Vargas could move back and play the left back position. He has played there before and it is no secret that Liverpool have been desperately seeking a quality long-term option there.

The Peruvian's potential transfer to Liverpool would be facilitated by the good relationship between the clubs. Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani could well move in the opposite direction if a deal is struck between the teams.