By Matt Bullin
Liverpool are lining up a summer bid of £24million to secure the services of Sampdoria’s Colombian striker Luis Muriel according to a report.
Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web has reported that Liverpool are one of several clubs interested in triggering Muriel’s release clause.
Muriel, 25, has been in fine form for Sampdoria this term and has netted 12 goals in 31 league and cup games so far – as well as making nine assists.
Jurgen Klopp may be looking to strengthen his striking options this summer as Divock Origi does not yet appear the finished article and Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings continue to struggle with injuries.
Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and AS Roma are the other clubs said to be interested in acquiring the forward’s services.
The Mirror had previously reported that West Ham were also keeping tabs on the striker ahead of a possible summer move.
Football Insider verdict:
Muriel may not be a name well known to many Liverpool fans but there are several reasons why he could be the perfect option for Klopp’s Reds.
The Colombian has bagged 10 Serie A goals this term in 29 games – not exactly prolific – but when you add in his 9 league assists he starts to look much more impressive.
He has been played mainly as an out-and-out striker for Sampdoria this season, but the former Udinese man has also spent time on the right wing, and as a No. 10 during his career.
Those attributes make him a perfect fit for Liverpool’s fluid front three, especially as Sturridge continues to be blighted by injury, Ings is a long time absentee and Origi has struggled with the pressure of being Liverpool’s man up top.
Muriel also has international calibre having been capped 15 times for Colombia, although he has only scored once. For £24million there are not going to be many cheaper striking options around Europe.
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