Liverpool enquiries rejected for Karim Benzema, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani
Liverpool are evidently looking to bring in a striker in the remainder of the transfer window. The loss of Luis Suarez has not been covered in the form of another forward, albeit Brendan Rodgers has enough players to compensate for the goals. Rickie Lambert has been signed but he has been brought in as a third choice striker, an upgrade on last season’s flop, Iago Aspas. Lambert is a traditional front-man, someone who can offer something different in tight situations- something the Reds lacked last season.
Moreover, given that the Loic Remy deal fell off at the last moment due to alleged medical reasons and that Fabio Borini looks set for for Sunderland, after Gus Poyet said he was confident of striking a deal, Liverpool could only have two strike options for next season- Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert- which would obviously be a worry for the club.
The Reds have thus been sniffing around for options and it was recently brought to the fore that they had inquired about Falcao and Cavani. Liverpool fans were obviously pleased to hear this, but it looks like the joy was momentary as BBC journalist Ben Smith reported that the Merseyside club were told they had “no chance” of signing either Radamel Falcao, Karim Benzema or Edinson Cavani. He tweeted:
#LFC still looking for a striker. Have enquired about Benzema, Falcao and Cavani. But have been told ‘no chance’
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) August 13, 2014
It seems that the Reds will have to look elsewhere for a new striker as the trio is unavailable according to their respective clubs. Benzema in fact, signed a new deal recently
Liverpool have been linked with Ezequiel Lavezzi and that looks like a realistic option especially since he declined a contract extension. However, Lavezzi plays more like a wide forward. Still, at the moment, his addition will hugely benefit the Reds and if Brendan Rodgers persists with one striker system, Lavezzi’s inclusion in the squad will be great since he is versatile enough to play both on the wings as well as in front. The 29 year old scored 12 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions last season, and helped his side lift the French League Cup as well as defend their league title.
Wilfried Bony of Swansea is another option for Liverpool, though a major obstacle in the acquisition is that the club’s ‘transfer committee’ are worried the 25-year-old is not worth his £19million price-tag. He is reportedly Brendan Rodgers first striker choice. Bony too is said to be keen on a switch to Anfield.