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Liverpool Transfer News: Ezequiel Lavezzi Fee Emerges, Delayed by Suarez Cash

Paris Saint Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi, left, reacts during their French League One soccer match against Lyon, in Lyon, central France, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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Dominic RaynorCorrespondent IIAugust 4, 2014

With Liverpool still looking to recruit players to help fill the substantial void left by Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona, the Reds are hoping to land Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain.

Agreeing on a fee does not appear to be a problem.

PSG have slapped a £16 million price tag on the 29-year-old, according to David Wright of the Daily Express, but that's not a problem for the Anfield outfit who, according to Ben Jefferson of the same publication, are willing to pay up to £18.5 million.

The collapse of Loic Remy's move from QPR last week means the Reds would ideally like to get any deal done sooner rather than later, but things are not running as smoothly as they would like.

The Reds are reportedly still waiting to receive some of the money following Suarez's £75 million move to the Nou Camp last month, and until those funds come through from Barca, no deal can be made with PSG.

As the Daily Express' Jefferson explains: "Once the full amount is received the Reds will step up negotiations over Lavezzi ... PSG remain keen to offload Lavezzi to help fund a move for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria."

The second major issue with the potential transfer is that former Napoli striker Lavezzi would actually prefer to return to Italy.

During his five-year stay in Naples, Lavezzi scored 38 goals and provided 51 assists in 156 league games, per Transfermarkt. With a record like that it comes as no surprise he would like to return to Serie A.

His preferred destination would be Italian champions Juventus, according to Jack De Menezes of The Independent, with AC Milan also showing an interest in the front man.

A deal appears there to be made, with PSG already sniffing around Real Madrid's Di Maria and looking to offload Lavezzi to help balance the books in the era of Financial Fair Play.

With other clubs courting Lavezzi, Liverpool could well miss out on another forward while they wait for funds to clear.

Having picked up the Ligue 1 title in both seasons at PSG, Lavezzi would bring a winning mentality to Anfield, while his ability to play as either a winger or a forward means he's a ready-made fit for Rodgers' Liverpool.

Although the deal makes sense on a number of levels, Liverpool need the cash to make it happen, and so all eyes turn to Barcelona.

As any house-buyer knows, when deals get caught up in a chain, anything can happen.

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