Liverpool to rival Man City ‘in chase to sign Roma playmaker’

Mark Scott
Leandro Paredes: In action against Liverpool

Leandro Paredes: In action against Liverpool

Liverpool have been linked with a move for £16m-rated Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is attracting interest from many European clubs.

According to talkSPORT, the 22-year-old Argentine caught the eye of Reds manager Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool’s pre-season match against the Serie A outfit on their recent US tour and is reportedly eager to add him to his squad before the transfer window closes.

Paredes enjoyed an excellent loan spell with Empoli last season and has a whole host of suitors as a result. Manchester City are also said to monitoring the midfielder’s situation, while reports in Italy claim that Zenit St Petersburg are already in discussions with his representatives.

AC Milan is another potential destination for the Boca Juniors youth product and are thought to be willing to offer full-back Mattia De Sciglio as part of any deal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have become the target of Jose Mourinho’s latest outburst ahead of the new season, with the Red Devils manager claiming that the Reds and Arsenal are “too small” to complete transfers like the size of the world-record deal which saw Paul Pogba return to Manchester United from Juventus.