Tuesday 24 April 2018

Liverpool target Zenit St Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon

Hot shot: Salomon Rondon (in blue) is a target for Liverpool Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Hot shot: Salomon Rondon (in blue) is a target for Liverpool Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool have made an offer to sign Zenit St Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon.

According to The Metro, the 25-year-old is studying the bid carefully and is willing to switch clubs this summer.

Rondon scored 20 goals in 36 matches last term for Zenit.

Brendon Rodgers has turned his attention to Rondon following the news that Manchester United are set to beat Liverpool in the race to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

The Sun reports that the Belgium international striker 'dropped a huge hint that he is off to Old Trafford when he favourited a tweet about him being back-up to Wayne Rooney'.

Benteke quickly deleted the favourited tweet but, as The Sun points out, the incident is a copy of Memphis Depay's Twitter activity before his £25 million summer switch.

The Daily Mail, on the other hand, believes Benteke is set on a move to Anfield but may have to force the issue if he wishes to leave Villa.

There is currently an impasse over Liverpool's reluctance to pay the buy-out clause.

The onus is falling on Benteke to make a stand and say he wants to leave. It would not guarantee Villa stepping down in their valuation but would bring the saga to a head.

Liverpool may be willing to reach the £32.5 million clause with a bid of £20 million plus add-ons but Villa, it seems, do not wish to lose face.

And finally, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told Liverpool that he will not let star striker Alexandre Lacazette leave cheaply but admits an offer of £35 million would have to be considered.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Gunners and Liverpool this summer but Aulas insists he is "not worried" over the future of Lacazette.

"Of course, if a €50-60m (£35-42m) bid was tabled, I will no doubt have to prepare for his exit and wish him good luck," he told L'Equipe. "I really feel like he wants to stay."

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