River Plate striker Lucas Alario has reportedly been the subject of a $8 million bid from Premier League side Liverpool and while the 23-year-old has revealed his happiness with the link, Los Millonarios are holding out for closer to $12 million.
Alario has rapidly become a key figure in Marcelo Gallardo’s River side and despite only arriving in July 2015, the former Colón centre-forward had an instant impact. It was his wonderful diving header that effectively won River the Copa Libertadores against Tigres and since then Alario has maintained an impressive one-in-two strike rate, with 12 goals from 24 appearances.
Interest in Alario has continued to grow and Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the latest to be credited with sounding out River over his availability. Reports in Argentina suggest that the Merseyside club are eyeing a possible summer move for the striker but whether they would meet River’s $12 million valuation remains to be seen.
In an interview with TyC on Thursday, Alario revealed that Liverpool were his team of choice when playing FIFA and when the interviewer said, “a little bird tells me Liverpool are interested in you,” Alario replied: “Tell the little bird to communicate with me.”
A versatile number nine, capable of scoring different types of goals, Alario told the same reporter that he has been studying Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and although he is a long way off the level of the Polish goal machine, the 23-year-old is tipped for a move to Europe.