According to Portuguese publication O Jogo, Valencia are closing on the deal to sign star midfielder Enzo Perez from Benfica after offering a reported €25 million (£20.5m).
The 28-year-old central midfielder has been at the Portuguese outfit for three years, and his performances during Benfica’s treble-winning 2013-14 campaign have caught the attentions of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Following Valencia’s new takeover from Singapore businessman Peter Lim, the Mestalla outfit have the funds to become a new power in La Liga, with Perez earmarked as their second big summer signing after fellow Benfica star Rodrigo.
The Argentine has a €30m (£24.5m) release clause, and it is fully expected that Valencia will increase their bid from €25m to that amount to finalise a deal over the next few days.
Perez’s expected move to Valencia may not make headlines across Europe, but it certainly will in Liverpool as such a deal could have exciting implications for the Reds.
Boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bolster his side for next season’s Champions League campaign, and Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo has been a reported target for some time.
The 25-year-old central midfielder has been Los Che’s star player this season, scoring four goals and assisting a further five in 28 La Liga games as he scooped the recent Valencia Player of the Year award.
His defensive capabilities are also in good shape, and his inclusion in Liverpool’s midfield would allow Steven Gerrard to push further forward and do what he does best.
With a release clause of €25m, Parejo could well prove to be a more financially suitable purchase than Southampton’s Adam Lallana due to his age and European experience.
Could Liverpool finally pull off such a deal? Well, if Valencia sign fellow all-rounder Perez as planned, then the Spanish club may just feel more inclined to granting Parejo his desire of showcasing his talents in the Champions League for the Merseyside outfit.