Alleged Liverpool target Mattia Perin linked with Benfica move

Liverpool could miss out on a reported target with Benfica said to be negotiating a potential summer deal.

Reported Liverpool target Mattia Perin is now said to be attracting the interest of Portuguese side Benfica, although the Primeira Liga champions allegedly do not want to sign him until the summer.

The 22-year-old Genoa goalkeeper has been linked with Liverpool for some time, with Brendan Rodgers keen on signing a replacement for Simon Mignolet. But Perrin recently went on record to say he was happy in Italy, seemingly scuppering any potential move to Anfield.

The young stopper is one of many ‘keepers to have been linked with Liverpool, along with the likes of Victor Valdes, Neto and Petr Cech, but if he does move on next summer, the Reds will have competition from the Portuguese giants.

A Bola has picked up on claims from Italy that Benfica have already entered into negotiations for the player with a view to signing him in time for next season.

As for Liverpool, they really need a new stopper now, with Neto currently seeming the most likely option.

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