Brendan Rodgers is looking to add to his array of young stars with the acquisition of Villarreal’s Luciano Vietto, according to the strikers’ agent Jorge Cyterszpiler.
He has been quoted in Spanish newspaper AS as saying, "We know that a lot of big clubs are watching Luciano Vietto. There is a lot of competition for him. He could sign for Liverpool, we know that he is admired by the Reds, as well as Real Madrid and two Bundesliga clubs. I think he could leave Villarreal in the summer."
The 21-year-old has scored 18 goals and provided six assists this season but Liverpool face stiff competition from Real Madrid for the player’s signature.
Liverpool have struggled to replace Luis Suarez since he moved to Barcelona last year. Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge are their highest scoring strikers with just four goals this season.
Rodgers may decide to overhaul his current strike-force this summer, with Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini all linked with exits - per the Liverpool Echo. This means Vietto would be a prime candidate to move to Anfield.
The exciting Argentine, who has 11 goals in La Liga, is a crafty player who has both pace and intelligence. His exceptional movement and speed would mean he fits into the Reds’ current squad perfectly. Vietto would complement the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho superbly.
Vietto is not only a very handy dribbler but he is extremely clinical and is very much in the mould of Suarez, even if he still has a long way to go to reach his peak.
The livewire Argentinian, who Villarreal purchased last summer from Racing Club, would be the latest Rodgers project and he has the potential to develop into a world class striker.
If the reported €10million price-tag is correct, Vietto would appear to be a significant coup for Liverpool.