By Danny Wright
Liverpool have been in talks with Atletico Madrid attacker Angel Correa, according to a report.
French news outlet Foot Mercato claims that the Reds have offered a big-money contract to the La Liga forward which would see him earn £2.4million-a-season for the next five years.
However it is understood that the 22-year-old is holding out for a deal which will see him pick up a stunning £4million-a-year, while Atletico hold out for a fee worth at least £25million for his services as they are worried about departures due to their transfer ban.
The report says that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to pursue Correa, who featured heavily in Diego Simeone’s side last season.
The eight-times Argentina international scored eight goals and supplied 11 assists in 47 appearances across all competitions, as he reserved some of his top performances for clashes with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Correa played predominantly on the right wing last term, but also starred in a No 10 role or as a striker in a side which is not short of solid attacking options.
Football Insider Verdict
Correa would be a very good addition to Klopp’s Liverpool squad, but he is a player that he simply does not need. The Reds are already well-stocked in the attacking area, especially after Mohamed Salah’s move from Roma was finalised. Klopp also has Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge who can all feature in Correas’s position, so unless he was looking to axe one or two of those, the Argentine is simply no needed. What Liverpool do need is a left-back and a couple of centre-backs. The Merseysiders’ defence is without doubt the weakest part of the side, and that area has to be bolstered before anywhere else.
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