Luis Suarez's replacement could cost just £15 million

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Liverpool could still focus their attention on Oscar Cardozo despite the Paraguayan signing a new contract with Benfica.

Cardozo’s agent has revealed that the 30-year-old could still be on the move this summer if the Portuguese club get a good deal. That’s despite extending his contract to the summer of 2016.

At the moment Cardozo has a market value of around the £15 million mark, which is the limit of what Liverpool would probably be prepared to pay for him.

“Cardozo renewed (his contract) three months ago and he has a contract for three and a half years but I talked to the president and he told me that if he can get a good deal he could go,” Aldave Pedro told TalkSport.

This is due to a falling out between the striker and his coach Jorge Jesus when emotions ran high during their Portuguese Cup Final loss late last month.

Cardozo knows how to score goals and if Liverpool are forced to try and find a replacement for Luis Suarez then that’s the one thing they will want a guarantee over.

Cardozo brings experience into the equation and he knows how to put the ball into the back of the net from a variety of different situations.

The problem is his age because the Liverpool board blocked a move for Swansea City’s Ashley Williams earlier in the season based on the grounds that it was a poor investment because of his age.

Williams is actually a year younger than Cardozo which means if the striker is a player that Brendan Rodgers really wants, he’ll have to go cap in hand and ask John Henry to commission the deal.

The other problem Liverpool have is that Pedro has confirmed he is getting offers from a variety of sources on a daily basis from clubs in much better current situations than Liverpool.

“Every day I get numerous offers for Cardozo. He has offers from England, Italy and Turkey - he would only leave Benfica for a club with big ambitions for titles,” he added.

Liverpool are not in a position where they can guarantee Cardozo a crack at the Premier League title and there is no certainty that they will finish in the Champions League places.

What Liverpool can offer is something fairly similar to Benfica in the respect that they are a hugely historic and traditional, big European club with a big fan base and support all over the world.

They could also offer Cardozo the sort of status he currently enjoys in Portugal as he’d be first choice alongside the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini, if not ahead of them in the pecking order.

At £15 million it’s probably worth a gamble, but only if they can avoid a bidding war which will price them out of the equation.

Would Cardozo be a good signing for the club? Should Liverpool be looking at younger prospects?

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