Torino and West Ham United are keen to land Genoa’s Diego Laxalt, but reportedly the Uruguayan is holding out for a move to Liverpool, according to reports in Italy
A recent report from the print edition of Correire dello Sport reads (24/07/2017 page 18), that the Hammers have bid £9million for Laxalt, but Sport Italia (via forzaitalianfootball) reckons the 24-year-old has his sights set on an even bigger move.
The Uruguayan is predominantly a left winger although he can also play on the opposite flank, as a left-back or in the centre of the park if required, and that could make him the perfect cut-price addition to Jurgen Klopp’s blossoming squad.
The arrivals of Mohamed Salah, Dom Solanke and Andy Robertson have completely transformed the Liverpool squad, but that does not mean their summer business is complete and a player who can solve a number of different problems over a single season could be just what Klopp needs.
In an inflated transfer market, £9million for such a talented footballer still to reach his peak is a no-brainer, and when you consider the criticism James Milner suffered at times last season, as well as the possible departure of Alberto Moreno, another player who can operate at left-back would not go amiss.
While it is further forward where Laxalt does his best work, he could do a great job as a utility player; something the Reds may need as they look to kick on next season, challenging at the right end of the table and potentially fighting for some silverware to boot.
Laxalt has just a year remaining on his current contract so a knock-down price is possible, and the Merseysiders look to have made their move in an attempt to beat off the competition.