Thursday 8 December 2016

Liverpool transfer news: Carlos Tevez "to decide" on move to Anfield

Published 28/05/2015 | 08:51

Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrates as he scores their second goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Juventus and Real Madrid
Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrates as he scores their second goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Juventus and Real Madrid

Carlos Tevez could be on his way back to the Premier League with Liverpool.

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The Daily Express reports that the Juventus striker has been told that he can decide his own future, and Brendan Rodgers is keen for the Argentine to fill the void left by Luis Suarez.

Tevez is expected to leave Juve if the Italian champions win the Champions League this season and the club's director general Giuseppe Marotta said: “We’ll meet with him after the Champions League final. We want him to stay, but now the ball is in his court.”

Liverpool will challenge Manchester United for the signature of Christian Benteke, as reported by Chris Bascombe in this morning's Telegraph.

Name: Karim Benzema | Age: 26 | Club: Real Madrid | Possible fee: £30m | Interested clubs: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
Name: Karim Benzema | Age: 26 | Club: Real Madrid | Possible fee: £30m | Interested clubs: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Benteke is Brendan Rodger's number one target for the summer, but may cost as much as £30m.

The Belgian would be a replacement for Mario Balotelli after the Italian's hugely disappointing season on Merseyside.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have joined the race to sign Danny Ings from Burnley.

The striker becomes a free agent at the end of June, but Liverpool remain favourites to land him.

Karim Benzema has been targeted as the striker to solve Manchester United's goalscoring problems and Louis van Gaal is prepared to rival Arsenal in a bid for the player's signature.

According to the Guardian, if United make a move for the Real Madrid striker, goalkeeper David de Gea could be used as a makeweight in any deal.

Benzema would cost in the region of £40m and United would have to battle Premier League rivals Arsenal for the 27-year-old.

Benzema only signed a new contract at the Bernabeu last summer but, following Carlo Ancelotti's dismissal at the weekend, it remains unclear whether Rafael Benitez, the expected incoming manager, holds Benzema in his future plans.

The Frenchman scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for Real this season and at 27, is considered to be in his prime.

United are in desperate need of reinforcements in attack. Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and James Wilson only managed 26 league goals between them this season.

Falcao has since returned to Monaco, while Van Persie's future at Old Trafford looks uncertain.

Meanwhile, United have placed Dani Alves on their short-list of potential defensive recruits this summer - but will only turn to the Barcelona full-back if they fail to land their priority targets.

The Telegraph says Alves is out of contract at the Nou Camp this summer and currently embroiled in a public stand-off with the Champions League finalists over his future.

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