Premier League club Liverpool wants Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to join their team now, but if the Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen refuses to let him go in February, they will offer just over US$30 million for him in the summer, various sports news outlets reported Friday.
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The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed that the Mexican forward, who has scored 19 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances with Leverkusen, is his top priority to strengthen his currently weak forward line.
Liverpool had already offered to sign on Chicharito in 2014, but the Mexican forward argued over the huge rivalry between them and his then team Manchester United, and finally decided to go play for Real Madrid on loan for a year, before being brought to Germany by Bayer Leverkusen.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur had also expressed interest in the player recently. Arsene Wenger, however, on Friday said he had no further interest in the Mexican star.
So Liverpool has analyzed their forward line and have come up with the fact that Firmino may be going through a rich vein of form, but he fails to live up to expectations of being an archetypal striker.
Then there are Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi who are benched due to injuries, while Christian Benteke has failed to convince Klopp.
The British daily The Times confirmed that Chicharito “would ideally join Liverpool this month, but in case Leverkusen refuse to sell now, the Merseyside club would return in the summer with a 20 million euro bid (US$30 million).
Liverpool is struggling to emerge once again as one of England's elite clubs, and one of their first steps towards achieving this objective was to sack Brendan Rodgers and replace him with Jurgen Klopp in October.”
Now, they are looking to reshape their club around the German's coach strategic plans.
According to Tribal Football, Hernandez has become one of the most sought after strikers on the planet after regaining his form in Germany.