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Anfield boss lining up moves for midfield duo.
According to Italian website calciomercatonews.com Liverpool have made an official bid for Bologna star Gaston Ramirez.
The offer, around £12.5 million, is not thought to be enough to persuade the Italians to sell but is not far short.
Sources in Italy report that a bid of around £14 million plus add ons would be enough to bring the talented wide player to
Anfield, who is free to sort out his future now that Uruguay have been eliminated from the Olympics.
SOURCE: Evening Standard
Indeed this opening offer may not tempt Bologna into selling Gaston Ramirez but it will helpfully make it abundantly clear to the Uruguayan that Liverpool are very much interested in him, which could in turn push the 21 year old into forcing his Serie A side into accepting a future offer.
The youngster may well be tempted by a move to the Merseyside club, not least because his international team-mates Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates would welcome him to Anfield.
Ramirez has been a consistent performer since his move to Italy from Penarol two seasons ago but may feel he has outgrown his mid-table side. Brendan Rodgers has already brought in one player from Serie A, Fabio Borini, and may well be looking to use cash from the sale of Alberto Aquilani to help fund a move for the attacking midfielder.
Rodgers has also allowed Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez to leave Liverpool to help make room for further additions.