Liverpool will have to pay €65m if they want to land Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze in the summer, according to reports.
The Nigeria international is enjoying his second season in La Liga after his breakout campaign last term.
He grabbed five goals and two assists in 26 league appearances in 2018/19 and is on track to match or better that tally this season with three goals and one assist.
Chukwueze‘s impressive performances for Villarreal at 20 years old have alerted a number of big clubs around Europe, with Liverpool one of those to reportedly show an interest.
France Football claims that Chukwueze ‘perfectly matches’ what Liverpool need to improve Jurgen Klopp’s brilliant side.
The report adds that Liverpool made a €35m offer in the January transfer window for the winger but the Spanish side rejected it.
Chukwueze has a release clause set in his contract at €65m and Villarreal aren’t willing to accept anything less for the youngster.
France Football adds that Jurgen Klopp has ‘no real solution to make up for a possible absence of Mohamed Salah’ and that’s why Chukwueze is being targeted.
Premier League leaders Liverpool tried to sign Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze from La Liga club Villarreal, according to a report in France Football.
The Reds bid £29.5million in an attempt to sign the 20-year-old, who first burst onto the scene in 2015 when he scored seven goals in as many matches to help Nigerian win the U-17 World Cup.
Chukwueze, had the bid been successful, would have provided cover and competition for Mohamed Salah, with Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri looking likely to leave Anfield at the end of the season.
Villarreal turned down the offer and remain hopeful that a £55m release clause in the player’s contract will be met.
The Nigerian has become an important player for the ‘Yellow Submarine’, registering three goals and three assists in 22 La Liga appearances this season, following from eight goals across all competitions last term.
However, he appears likely to be the subject of major transfer attention at the end of the season, with Liverpool’s interest matched by that of fellow Premier League side Chelsea and French Ligue 1 contenders Olympique Lyon.