Portuguese outlet A Bola have had their say on a Daily Mail report linking Sporting Lisbon star Marcos Rojo with a move to Anfield.
The 24-year-old defender has been suggested as a summer target for Brendan Rodgers by the British daily newspaper, but A Bola has played down the link in a short and brief report on their website.
“The Argentine defender, remember, has a contract with Sporting until June 2016, with the termination clause set at 30 million Euros,” reads A Bola’s report.
The latter part of that brief statement is what should concern Liverpool more than anything else.
Rodgers will benefit from an increased amount of transfer funding this summer through Liverpool’s qualification for the Champions League.
However, €30 million on a player that the Reds don’t necessarily need would represent a big chunk of the transfer budget that Rodgers could use to improve more pressing areas of the team.
Liverpool already have four top quality centre-backs in their squad with another out on loan.
The more pressing positions that Rodgers needs to improve can be found at left-back, left midfield and up front.
Left-back is a problematic position for Liverpool which has seen them forced to use Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan, right sided players, down that side of the defence at times this season.
A left sided winger would allow Rodgers the luxury of being able to release Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge to play in central roles while another top notch centre forward would bolster the attacking pack.
Rojo could still come in over the summer if Rodgers is considering one of two things; he either needs to sell a current centre-back or if he plans to turn Rojo into a left sided full-back.
€30 million is a very expensive gamble for Rodgers to take for a player he doesn’t necessarily need.