Tuesday Feb 11, 2020. 14:00
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.