Benfica slap £4million price tag on Liverpool target

Liverpool have been boosted in their attempt to sign Maxi Pereira, with Benfica slapping a £4million asking price on the right-back, Mirror reports.

Reds first-choice right-back Glen Johnson is expected to leave Anfield next summer, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.

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This will force manager Brendan Rodgers to find adequate cover, and is considering a move for the Benfica star.

Although Liverpool have been heavily linked with Barcelona ace Martin Montoya, the Reds face a lot of competition from other clubs also interested in the 23-year-old’s signature.

Pereira therefore becomes a viable alternative, and will cost much less that Montoya as the Uruguayan’s contract also expires next summer.

To avoid losing Pereira for free, the Premiera Liga side has demanded £4million in the coming transfer window in order for the 30-year-old to make the switch the Liverpool in January.

The Merseyside club will have to move quickly, as Turkish clubs Besiktas and Trabzonspur are both monitoring the situation.