Argentinian giants River Plate are hoping that Liverpool will make a move for Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos this summer.
That’s according to El Intrasigente, who say the player wants a move that could see his former club pocket €2.5m as a result.
Ocampos has been linked with a move to Anfield over the last week, with it claimed that the Premier League champions are ‘willing to bid’ for the Argentine as they look to freshen up their forward line.
Indeed, it has also been claimed they could use Takumi Minamino, who is a player that Sevilla director Monchi likes, to bring down the forward’s asking price.
Whether that’s something the Spanish side would accept remains to be seen, with it made clear that Ocampos has a €65m release clause in his contract and them likely to want close to that.
That asking price has apparently seen his former club, River Plate, ‘open their eyes’ as they still have ‘training rights’ for the player.
This equates to 3.5% of any future transfer, and so, if the player was to move to Liverpool for €65m, they would be set to pocket €2.5m from the deal.
There is no indication from the Argentine outlet of whether Liverpool are actually going to move, or if they’ve even made any approach as yet, but it is certainly a story that has caught the attention in the Monumental offices.
It’s stated that those in charge at the club ‘want it to be done’, a sentiment that is apparently shared by the player.
That latter point is certainly interesting, given we’ve heard nothing of Ocampos’ stance up until this point.
Perhaps his willingness will be enough to convince the Reds to move forward and make a deal happen, with River Plate set to pocket something regardless of the money involved and ‘attentive’ to what’s going on.