Real Madrid attacker Lucas Vazquez has told Liverpool that he will not be joining the club this summer following their Champions League final defeat, according to Don Balon.
The Spanish publication reports that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has been keen on Vazquez moving to Anfield to provide competition for Roberto Firmino.
However, the Spaniard – valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – reportedly decided on Saturday night that he does not want to join the Merseyside outfit following their Champions League misery.
The Reds were beaten 3-1 by Madrid in Kiev, and the collapse began after Mohamed Salah was forced off the pitch 31 minutes into the clash with a dislocated shoulder.
Loris Karius made two big blunders in goal, allowing Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to strike, while the latter hit a stunning bicycle kick to take the headlines.
Vazquez has struggled for game time at the Bernabeu, and made just 16 starts in La Liga last season.
However, Don Balon reports that the attacker now wants to fight for his position in Madrid.
If the Merseyside outfit had won the Champions League, then their position in the transfer market would have been boosted.
Financially, the club would have pocketed a tidy sum, and their reputation would have strengthened.
It was not meant to be, though, which may cause some players to second guess whether joining Liverpool is the right option.
Klopp’s side have shown throughout the campaign that they are moving in the right direction, but they are not quite at the level to challenge the Real Madrids of the world.
Players that fit the manager’s mould should be excited by the prospect of competing at Anfield, but the club may need to work a little harder to get deals over the line.