Report: Liverpool close to Firmino deal - have also held talks with Salomon Rondon and Carlos Bacca

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The Reds have turned their attention elsewhere after being deterred by Christian Benteke’s price tag.

£32.5 million is believed to be the fee required to prise Benteke away from Villa Park - as reported in the Daily Mail - and it appears a tad too high for Liverpool’s liking.

Brendan Rodgers is determined to bolster his attacking options, with Raheem Sterling looking set to depart, and Sky Sports News HQ report that Liverpool have held talks with three prolific talents.

Brazilian media outlet Globoesporte had claimed that an £18m deal and a five-year contract had been agreed for Roberto Firmino, but Sky Sports counter that in their latest report and say talks are on-going.

The Brazilian managed seven goals and 10 assists in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim last season and would add creativity and guile across the midfield.

Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon is also rumoured to be attracting interest from Anfield.

The Venezuelan bagged 20 goals for title winners Zenit last season and would set The Reds back around £15 million.

Carlos Bacca is the third attacker reportedly on Liverpool’s radar after another successful season at Sevilla. The Colombian scored 28 goals last season, two of which came in the Europa League final as the Spanish side triumphed over Dnipro.

He is believed to cost around £20 million and is said to be open to a move, according to Guillem Balague.

“Carlos Bacca at the end of the season told Sevilla he would like a way out,” Balague told Sky Sports News HQ.

The right approach?

Both Liverpool and Spurs have been stung in recent years after spending big money on foreign acquisitions following the sale of one of their stars. If Raheem Sterling does indeed leave Anfield, there is the danger of Liverpool repeating the same mistakes they made last year in the transfer market. The arrivals of the Premier League-proven James Milner and Danny Ings, however, suggest a recognition of some of their errors last time around and perhaps the approach this year will be more considered.

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