Liverpool are reportedly ready to solidify their long-term admiration for Duvan Zapata with an offer for the Atalanta striker this summer.
Zapata clashed with Liverpool in the Champions League group stage this season. He hasn’t scored in either of the two matches, but that hasn’t deterred his potential suitors.
In Serie A this season, Zapata has scored nine goals and added five assists in 23 games. He’s halfway through his 18-goal tally from last season.
One of the best strikers in Serie A, Zapata is now attracting interest in the Premier League.
Liverpool have failed in their title defense so far this season. It seems impossible that they can keep the Premier League trophy.
Defense injuries didn’t help their cause, but their attackers weren’t their usual person either. With that in mind, they may need to strengthen their frontline.
According to Todofichajes, Zapata has now become a target for the summer.
The Reds are believed to be longtime admirers of the Colombian, but they have yet to make an offer. This summer could be the time to change that.
However, Zapata won’t be cheap. It is suggested that it would cost at least 60 million euros.
It could mean Liverpool would have to sell one of their top three to house him. But if big deals come in, they might consider their options.
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Mane jumps to Firmino’s defense
While there may be some dissatisfaction with the output of Liverpool’s forwards this season, their quality is not in question.
One of those key cogs has now leapt into another’s defense, with Sadio Mane shielding Roberto Firmino from criticism.
“He deserves more credit than me and Mo [Salah], for sure. But that’s part of football, always seeing goals scored, ”said Mane ESPN Brazil.
“But I think without Bobby, I don’t see myself or Mo scoring as many goals as us, to be honest.
“He makes everything easier for us. Brazil are lucky to have Firmino. I always tell Bobby “you have to change your nationality and maybe come to Senegal” – which for me would be a dream!
“I just love him and he’s my favorite teammate.”
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