Sunday 26 March 2017

Liverpool to use Sterling money to buy Marco Reus

Raheem Sterling could be replaced by Marco Reus at Anfield
Raheem Sterling could be replaced by Marco Reus at Anfield

Liverpool have made Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus one of their top summer transfer targets.

The Metro has linked Brendan Rodgers's men with a big-money move for the £46 million-rated midfielder.

And Liverpool, as the whole world knows, now have a £49 million cheque from Manchester City burning a hole in their pocket and are looking for a world-class replacement.

Reus recently signed a new contract at Dortmund but, we are told, an exit has not been fully ruled out if a huge cash offer arrives.

The Mirror, on the other hand, claims Rodgers will use Liverpool's transfer windfall from the Raheem Sterling sale to launch a bid for Christian Benteke.

However, Aston Villa are determined to hold out for the £32 million buy-out clause written into the Belgian's contract.

The Mirror suggests Liverpool are reluctant to go straight in with an offer of £32 million, while Villa are prepared to bide their time.

Current Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert is a target for West Brom, but Rodgers is unlikely to let the 33-year-old go until he knows he has got Benteke.

And finally, Liverpool's pursuit of Barcelona star Pedro is set to end in disappointment with The Daily Star reporting that Chelsea have been given the green light and expect to complete a £22 million deal next week.

Barca boss Luis Enrique has admitted he will not stand in the Spain winger's way should he decide to quit for Stamford Bridge.

Enrique said: "My wish is that Pedro stays, but there are circumstances in his contract and I will respect his opinion if he wants to leave."

Pedro only signed a new contract last month, committing his future to the Spanish giants until 2019. But Barcelona have since agreed to lower the whopping £106 million buy-out clause in that deal, should he wish to leave.

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