Report: Liverpool in talks with Real Madrid over Denis Cheryshev

Liverpool have been linked to Denis Cheryshev.

Liverpool are in talks to sign Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev, according to reports on the continent.

Tuttomercatoweb cite Marca as their source, claiming the Reds want to sign the 24-year-old Russian international.

Cheryshev is on loan at Villareal this season and has impressed for the La Liga side, scoring seven goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions.

The report states: "Liverpool have already had some talks with the Spanish club, but would ask at least €30 million. The Reds seem willing to get to €25 million, a figure with which the deal may be agreed."

Cheryshev is highly rated and has seven caps for Russia, featuring for Villareal in the Europa League this season.

The report is also carried by the Liverpool Echo, which speculates he could even be a replacement for Raheem Sterling.

Cheryshev has a contract with Real Madrid currently until 2017.

His dad Dmitri Cheryshev was also a footballer, earning 10 caps for Russia during the 1990s.

Liverpool are in need of creative players to lessen the burden on Coutinho, and Cheryshev would fit the bill.

He has performed well for Villareal this season, but is relatively unproven. Despite beinf 24, this is his first season playing regularly in a first team despite being at Real since 2002 when he was a kid.

He is closer than ever to finally cracking the Madrid first team, and on this basis Liverpool may find it tricky to tempt him away, and their chances could depend on Carlo Ancelotti's plans for him.

At the same time Liverpool are likely to be wary about spending big money on a promising yet unproven talent as they did with Lazar Markovic last summer, who has shown flashes of brilliance but is clearly not the finished product, or able to contribute positively on a regular basis.

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