Liverpool media round-up: Reds watch Bacca and Rondon, interest in Gago

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool's pursuit of firepower for their forward line has taken their scouts to the Copa America, the Liverpool Echo reports, as they watch Carlos Bacca and Salomon Rondon

It is said they are alternative targets to Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke with the Reds not prepared to pay the £32 million asking price, with the report saying Villa are adamant he will be only sold for that amount - whereas Liverpool would only be prepared to pay £20 million. 

The Echo reports that Bacca - who played a huge part in Sevilla retaining the Europa League by scoring 28 goals for the La Liga side last season - would command a fee of around £20 million. 

The Daily Mirror has reported that Liverpool would have to trigger the Colombian's release clause of £21.5 million, with quotes from Sevilla's sporting director Monchi suggesting there is no desire for the club and the player to part ways.

“If someone wants Bacca, they have to pay his clause. He’s told us that it’s his desire to stay with the club and I don’t see any other possibility.”

As for Rondon - who plays for Zenit St Petersburg - the 25-year-old is said to be valued at £15 million, with the club's hierachy said to feel signing the Venezuelan, along with Bacca, would represent better value for money. 

The Independent has reported that Liverpool are still in the market for another goalkeeper, despite announcing the signing of Adam Bogdan on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers.

They cite reports from Greece suggesting the Reds want to sign Roberto Jimenez Gago from Olympiakos who has a £7 million release clause in his contract. 

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