Anfield side target Benfica hot-shot.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has earmarked a January move for Benfica forward Rodrigo and will look to the Anfield side’s American board to back the deal with significant funds.
The Merseyside club are in desperate need of further attacking options and have identified the 21 year old striker as a priority target. Rodgers already had a threadbare attack but has now seen his senior striking options halved to just one after Fabio Borini broke his foot.
Liverpool currently over-rely on Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez and Rodgers doesn’t appear all that keen on recalling Andy Carroll from his loan spell at West Ham, this seemingly being primarily down to the fact that the big forward doesn’t really suit the former Swansea City boss’s footballing ethos.
Having failed to make the grade at Real Madrid, Rio born attacker Rodrigo opted to move to Lisbon and though the speedy forward failed to make the grade on loan at Bolton Rodrigo did put in a consistent series of performances in his first full season in the Benfica fold, netting 16 goals in all competitions last term.
Rodrigo has continued that fine run of form during the current campaign, scoring four goals in six Primeira Liga games keeping Benfica level pegging with arch rivals FC Porto.
Such have been his performances for the Under 21 international side, eleven goals in nine appearances, there is talk of a possible call-up to the senior Spanish national team from Vicente Del Bosque.
Benfica are not in the strongest of financial positions, hence the club’s decision to accept Zenit St Petersburg’s mammoth offer for midfielder Axel Witsel. Liverpool would have to make a fairly large offer to persuade the Portuguese side to allow one of their prized assets to leave in January.
Liverpool’s owners no all to well the financial imperative of securing a top four finish and the chances of John W. Henry and co forking out large sums for Rodrigo could well increase if they saw the club moving upwards towards the coveted Champions League spots by the time the transfer window re-opens.
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