Reds will have to act fast now if they still wish to buy Ghana wide man.
Liverpool will have to go head to head with both Benfica and Sporting Lisbon this summer in order to sign coveted FC Porto midfield player Christian Atsu, says talkSPORT.co.uk.
Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers has been keeping close tabs on the exciting Ghana international for some time now with a view to bringing the wide man to Anfield during the summer transfer window.
However, as yet the Merseyside giants have been unable to agree a suitable fee with the Portuguese champions for their player, who has been in Oporto since the age of 17.
Porto are said to be holding out for a transfer fee of £6 million for Atsu, who featured in 28 matches overall in all competitions for the club last season, registering one goal and four assists in that time, including one strike and one assists in his 17 league outings for the Portuguese giants.
But with the 21-year-old’s current contract at Porto set to run out on June 30 2014, Rodgers and Liverpool feel that the winger is being valued too high by his club, and as such are playing a waiting game to see if that figure will come down as we get closer to the transfer window shutting on Aug 31.
Those plans, though, may now have to change after both Benfica and Sporting entered the race to land the Ghana star.