Report: Liverpool quoted club record figure for possible Steven Gerrard replacement

Miralem Pjanic

Liverpool are eyeing a deal for Roma’s Miralem Pjanic, reports claim.

According to the Mirror, Liverpool will have to pay a club record fee to tempt Serie A outfit Roma into selling star player Miralem Pjanic.

The Reds appear to be on the lookout for a new midfielder this summer after club skipper Steven Gerrard announced his decision to leave for LA Galaxy at the end of the current campaign.

A number of top players are likely to be on boss Brendan Rodgers’ radar, and it’s going to take a special player to be able to shoulder the burden of replacing such a cult figure on Merseyside.

As per the report by the Mirror, Rodgers has already visited the Italian capital in order to begin negotiations for Bosnian international Pjanic and has been quoted a whopping £37 million asking price.

“Liverpool will have to pay a club record £37 million to sign Roma star Miralem Pjanic - the man they want to replace Steven Gerrard. Liverpool learned the huge sums it will take to land the 24-year-old Pjanic following Brendan Rodgers’ dash to Rome last week,” the report claims.

Pjanic can be described as an intelligent midfielder who has the ability to perform a box-to-box role similar to Gerrard in his younger years.

According to statistical website Whoscored.com, the former Lyon man has scored three goals and added a further five assists in 18 Serie A starts.

In addition to his current rate of two key passes per match, Pjanic shows solid defensive capabilities and has recorded on average 1.4 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per encounter.

He is said to be Rodgers’ number one priority this summer, however the report goes on to say that the valuations set by both clubs are currently poles apart as the Reds rate him around the £20 million mark.

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