Report: Liverpool cool Benteke interest, pursue Llorente and Bacca instead

Fernando Llorente

Liverpool are reportedly interested in Fernando Llorente and Carlos Bacca.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Liverpool are targeting Juventus striker Fernando Llorente and Sevilla star Carlos Bacca this summer.

The Reds have already made four summer signings in Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez, James Milner and Danny Ings, but manager Brendan Rodgers will still need more.

Having failed to sufficiently replace Luis Suarez last summer, another striker is still needed at Anfield, and The Telegraph believe Rodgers is making moves to land one.

Their report suggests that Liverpool are turning their attention away from Christian Benteke because they don't want to pay his £32.5m release clause, but now have two other targets in mind.

The Telegraph believe that Juventus target man Llorente is a possibility for Liverpool, with the 30-year-old likely to leave the Serie A champions this summer after the Italians snapped up Paulo Dybala to boost their attack.

The other target is Sevilla ace Bacca, after the Colombian hit 28 goals in 55 games for the Spaniards this past season, including a brace in the Europa League final to hand Sevila the title once again - and the 28-year-old is bound to be in-demand this summer.

Competition?

Calcio Mercato recently reported that Tottenham are interested in signing Llorente this summer, whilst Gazzetta Dello Sport suggest that Roma want Bacca as an alternative to Benteke.

With competition for the signatures of Bacca and Llorente, Liverpool may need to move quickly to land either of them - whilst the ineffectual displays of Rickie Lambert cast doubt over whether the giant Llorente would really fit in Liverpool's style of play.

Liverpool certainly need a striker, but Rodgers must make sure that they fit in Liverpool's style of play, making Bacca a better fit for the Reds.

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