With Liverpool not qualifying for European competition next season, the general assumption was that they would struggle to nail down some of their more ambitious summer transfer targets.
Though they have already signed Joël Matip, Marko Grujić and Loris Karius, moves for the likes of Mario Götze have been seriously affected by the side’s failure to qualify for next year’s Champions League.
Nonetheless, the appeal of playing for Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp should not be underestimated, and to that end, the Mirror are today reporting that Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuaín would consider a move to Anfield despite the side’s lack of European football.
Higuaín has made no secret of his desire to leave Napoli this summer, despite the guarantee of Champions League football at the San Paolo next year.
The 28 year old Argentine international has been in a rich vein of form over the past year, scoring 36 goals in 35 games to set a new Serie A record for most goals in a single season.
The former Real Madrid forward has had plenty of offers, but the report states that he and his representatives are surprised that Liverpool have not yet been in contact – but should that change, then the idea of playing in the Premier League, and under Klopp in particular, would appeal to him.
The transfer fee that would be involved may be one reason why Liverpool are yet to show an interest; the striker’s current release clause is somewhere in the region of £72million. However, he is looking to get that reduced to around £46m, and if that were to happen, it may be enough to pique Klopp’s interest.
That said, it will surely also be enough to bring other club’s into the mix. PSG, for example, are looking for a new striker following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimović, while Bayern could become interested if Robert Lewandowski goes to Real Madrid.
Liverpool will probably be in the market for a new striker this summer, but only after misfits Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli have been sold to free up wages for other signings.
Though Higuaín would definitely fit the bill in terms of a marquee signing, it is difficult to see all the pieces falling into place for a deal to happen.