On Sunday, website Squawka had an exclusive article saying Liverpool would be ready to bid for Benfica striker Raul Jimenez.
They called the player ‘£22m-rated’, and said Jurgen Klopp would be looking for someone to play regularly instead of relying on Daniel Sturridge.
Needless to say, the story made it to the Portuguese press, with big newspapers having their take on it. O Jogo was the one who gave most attention to it, and according to them, Jimenez wouldn’t be a cheap transfer.
The newspaper claims that Benfica would be looking to break the Portuguese transfer record on this deal. That would mean selling him for more than the €60m which Porto got for selling Hulk to Zenit in 2015.
With eight goals in 18 games this season, Jimenez isn’t a regular starter for Benfica, which only makes his record better.
He has a rate of scoring at every 91 minutes, in all competitions, but there’s some stat-padding, and the player’s record isn’t as good as the first glance would suggest.
Benfica paid €22m to sign him from Atletico Madrid in 2015.
Genuine Liverpool interest in the 25 year old would be surprising, especially if they have any idea how much Benfica would push for.