Liverpool have been watching River Plate forward Lucas Alario closely in recent months and have even approached the Argentine giants to discuss a summer deal for the player, according to reports from ESPN.
The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the top-rated young talents in his homeland of late, and has netted an impressive four goals in six Primera Division games in 2016 – taking his total at the club to 10 in 19.
This form has alerted a host of sides, including Liverpool, and reports claim that the Reds have already made a tentative approach to River to discuss Alario’s future.
The Buenos Aires side are reluctant to lose their talented striker, but in reality it’s been hard for South American teams to keep players from moving across the Atlantic Ocean for some time.
Alario helped River to win the 2015 Copa Libertadores and also scored the goal that took his side to the Club World Cup Final at the expense of Japanese outfit Hiroshima Sanfrecce in December – albeit they lost the showpiece game to Barcelona.