Report: Liverpool walked away from complicated £9.5m deal to sign Lucas Alario

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Liverpool have reportedly decided to walk away from a deal for River Plate hitman Lucas Alario.

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According to The Mirror (15:19), Liverpool pulled out of a £9.5m deal to sign River Plate striker Lucas Alario this summer due to the involvement of a third party.

The Reds have already been busy putting their squad for next season together, with goalkeeper Loris Karius, defender Joel Matip and midfielder Marko Grujic all signed up for Jurgen Klopp's first full campaign as Liverpool boss.

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Klopp will still want to add more new signings this summer, and fans will be keen to see him bring in another striker due to Daniel Sturridge's injury problems and Christian Benteke's struggles since his move to Anfield last summer.

Now, The Mirror claim that Liverpool had a strong interest in signing River Plate hitman Lucas Alario, so much so that a £9.5m deal had been in the pipeline.

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However, the report adds that Liverpool walked away from the deal due to the involvement of a third party. River Plate own just 30% of Alario's rights, and whilst they intend to purchase another 30% this summer, the remaining 40% is owned by an investment group.

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With such a complicated deal, it's believed that the Reds pulled out of the deal and will now look elsewhere, though a similar situation could arise with their interest in Porto winger Yacine Brahimi, who also has 50% of his rights owned by a third party.

Alario, 23, has hit 17 goals in 36 games for River since joining from Colon de Santa Fe last summer, and looks to have a bright future, whether that's in South America or Europe - but that third party ownership problem means that a possible dream move to Anfield has been called off.

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