Liverpool have identified the two players they will look to move for should Raheem Sterling complete his transfer to Manchester City this summer.
The England international has been heavily linked with a departure from Anfield this summer, with his agent Aidy Ward having insisted that the 20-year-old will not be signing a new deal at Liverpool, despite having been offered £100,000-per-week [Standard].
While City have had two bids of £25 million and £35.5 million rejected by the Reds, they may well look to return to Merseyside with an improved bid closer to the club’s asking price of £50 million [BBC].
Should the Citizens complete a deal for the forward—and they may yet face competition from the likes of Chelsea [Sky Sports], Manchester United [Daily Star] and Arsenal [Metro]—Liverpool have already identified the players they will look to bring in to replace him.
According to the Telegraph [via the Express], Rodgers’s top target is AS Monaco winger Lucas OCampos, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Olympique de Marseille.
The Argentine starlet had been linked with a permanent move to OM [RMC via Le 10 Sport], but with Marcelo Bielsa’s side having failed to secure Champions League football, he may be eyeing a move to the Premier League.
Manchester United and Chelsea have both previously been linked to the talented 20-year-old wideman [Express], who managed three goals and one assist in 31 Ligue 1 appearances last term.
Similarly, however, Liverpool are also considering Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka, who is available on a free transfer following the end of his contract at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.