While Liverpool have firmly adopted an aggressive approach to the transfer market, already ratifying deals for Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana, there is one priority signing that continues to elude Brendan Rodgers.
The Ulsterman has reportedly turned to Alberto Moreno and Marcos Rojo in order to bolster his left back options, however, he was frustrated in both approaches but is now allegedly turning to Maxi Pereira, a member of the same Uruguay World Cup squad as superstar forward Luis Suarez.
O Jogo, a Portuguese publication, claim that Pereira, who represents club side Benfica, could be available for as little as £5.5 million - a price that could prove tempting for a player with as much experience as the 30-year-old.
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Pereira is a two-time winner of the Portuguese division, was a fundamental part of the team who finished runners-up in consecutive Europa League finals and has 93 international caps for Uruguay.
In the World Cup tournament in Brazil, Pereira competed thrice, saw a lot of the football (56 touches per game on average and was strong in the duel.
There is perhaps merit in the rumours to Benfica wanting to cash-in on the defender as Pereira is only contractually bound to the club for one more year.