Liverpool eyeing £18m Real Madrid swoop

According to The Express, Brendan Rodgers is preparing to make Denis Cheryshev his first signing of the summer.

The Liverpool manager has reportedly expressed his desire to sign a number of marquee players and Cheryshev fits the bill perfectly.

The Real Madrid star is currently on loan at Spanish giants Villareal where he has caught the eye with a number of impressive performances.

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Although there have been suggestions that Real Madrid want to recall their Russian winger, Liverpool look poised to bring the 24-year-old to Anfield.

Cheryshev has the mix of flair and industry that Rodgers is keen to bolster his squad with.

Liverpool are planning to bid in the region of £18m, some four short of the Madrid giants’ valuation. However, with Rodgers desperate to build a team similar to the one that almost bought the title to Anfield it is expected he will meet the club’s demands.

Cheryshev has scored seven times in 32 appearances for Villareal this campaign.