Liverpool Join Dortmund & Schalke in Battle to Sign €17m South American Wide-man

While the Mohamed Salah saga rolls on to another week, Liverpool have reportedly registered their interest in another winger in the shape of Genoa’s Diego Laxalt.

According to the Italian website Tutto Mercato Web, the Reds have joined the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Serie A Fiorentina in being interested in the 24-year old.

Laxalt joined Genoa initially on loan from Internazionale in 2015, with the deal confirmed as permanent for the 2016/17 season.

After scoring three goals in 35 appearances during his initial loan spell, the €17m-rated Uruguay international got off to the perfect start as a permanent Genoa player, as he netted in a 3-1 win over Cagliari.

Despite not scoring again, Laxalt still had an eye-catching season as his fended off relegation from Serie A season, finishing in 16th place.

Having played a part in the 2013 U20 World Cup, Laxalt has been capped three times by Uruguay.

While a more natural attacker, Laxalt’s versatility has caught the eye of a number of clubs for his ability to cover both left midfield and left back.

Liverpool’s lack of depth on the left side of defence has been well-publicised, over the past few seasons, with James Milner having to fill in in the 2016/17 campaign.

Laxalt offers a wide option which is something Liverpool lacked on certain occasions last season. Klopp’s side earned qualification for the Champions League and Laxalt would also provide back-up in a small squad that will be faced with more games next season.

Of the clubs linked with Laxalt only Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund offer European football with Dortmund having the added bonus of already having qualified of the group stage of the Champions League while Liverpool will have to go through the often tricky play-off round.