Liverpool set to break bank for €70m-rated La Liga midfielder

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group F - Real Madrid v RB Leipzig - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - September 14, 2022 Real Madrid's Federico Valverde celebrates scoring their first goal || 241438_0046

Liverpool are set to launch a new assault to bring Federico Valverde to the Merseyside club in winter. Liverpool reportedly launched an enquiry for Uruguay international in the summer only to see their efforts swatted away. At the time, Real were locked in talks to sell Casemiro to Man United and were unwilling to sanction two sales at once.

However, the Reds stay keen on Valverde and believe Los Blancos are open to his sale. Their sporting director Julian Ward is readying a new winter approach for Federico. They were willing to go as high as €93m in the summer and will have to dig even deeper now.

Those reports state La Liga giants prefer to keep the 24-year-old midfielder but are open to his sale if a €100m bid lands on the table. They state that Real Madrid ‘already know’ Liverpool are willing to meet that amount. And they state Ward has a new belief that a deal to take the Uruguayan midfielder to Anfield can be agreed.

That will cost the Reds a new club-record fee, surpassing the £85.3m that countryman Darwin Nunez will ultimately cost. And despite that signing, it will not spell the end of the Reds’ hunt for Jude Bellingham either. He stays on the Merseyside club’s radar ahead of a potential summer 2023 swoop.

And any deal for the Borussia Dortmund man will likely see their transfer record broken again. A fee of nearly £103m is reportedly required. The Reds need serious reinforcements in midfield going forwards. Milner, 37 in January, will likely depart next summer.