Liverpool line up £16m Suarez replacement

Liverpool are plotting a £16m move for Mauro Icardi as they ramp up their efforts to land a new striker, according to reports from The Metro.

The Reds have been very active in the transfer market this summer, investing over £90m in seven new stars while allowing Luis Suarez to leave in a club record £75m switch to Barcelona.

Although Rickie Lambert has been drafted in to bolster their attack, the Merseysiders haven’t really moved to replace ‘El Pistolero’, whose 31 Premier League goals fired them to within a whisker of the title last term.

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Ezequiel Lavezzi of PSG has been mooted as a target, but now it’s understood that Icardi is firmly on the club’s radar.

The 21-year-old has been compared to Suarez in recent times thanks to his energetic and committed displays in Italy with Inter Milan.

Liverpool are thought to value him at around £16m, but the Serie A giants have set their stall out at close to £28m.

Icardi himself has hinted in the past that he would like to try his luck in England, which could be a deciding factor.

Unlike Lavezzi, the former Sampdoria man is at the very start of his career and has potential for a sell on in the future, which is a tempting factor for the Anfielders’ American owners.