Liverpool are now front-runners to capture Argentinean Ezequiel Lavezzi after he turned down a new contract at Paris Saint Germain

Lavezzi has struggled to cement a regular slot in the PSG team since his arrival from Napoli and has not enjoyed a key role with the French side like he did at Naples. However, PSG still value the player and amid growing interest shown in him by other clubs, the Parisian side offered him a new contract this week.

Reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that a contract extension was turned down by the player after the two parties could not reach an agreement. He reports: PSG and the agents of the Argentinian attacker met today to discuss the extension of the contract: they didn’t reach an agreement, the parties are very distant. The negotiation for the renewal has been going on since May. At this point, since they can’t reach an agreement, the agents are forced to work to find a solution, which could be the departure from PSG: certainly there is no shortage of suitors. 

The Reds visibility need another attacker- especially because of the fact that the side needs enough depth to compete in four competitions, make a good return to the Champions League as well as make another title challenge. Moreover, given that the Loic Remy deal fell off at the last moment due to alleged medical reasons and that Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is positive about signing Fabio Borini from the club, 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 Northern Irish manager is targeting PSG star Esequiel Lavezzi to further add to his side. The Reds have already made an £17.9million offer for the player and now that the star has turned down a contract extension, they would be keen to conclude a deal before the transfer window ends.

Juventus and Inter Milan have also been linked with Lavezzi but it was reported that both the Italian sides are interested in signing the 29 year old on a loan deal. PSG, however, are now looking to permanently offload the player. This could further indicate that talks with Real Madrid are not off regarding Angel di Maria, as has been reported.