Radamel Falcao could be set for a stint in Italy, as reports suggest momentum is building toward the Monaco forward joining Juventus on loan, leaving Liverpool's search for a new striker in the balance.
The Colombian's future continues to come under the spotlight ahead of the transfer window's closure at midnight on Sept. 1. According to La Gazzetta (via Marca), the chances of Falcao joining Juventus is becoming "more and more likely."
Marca provides further details, saying the "Turin-based outfit are basing their hopes on the lack of game time currently enjoyed by the Colombian and the fact that he has not taken much notice of the offers to play in the Premiership."
It seems Falcao's offer from the Premier League comes from Liverpool, as reported by Anthony Chapman of the Daily Express. He represents an ambitious target for Brendan Rodgers, who has worked diligently to secure eight new signings for the Reds this summer.
Falcao could offer a vital fix after Luis Suarez moved to Barcelona, even if he only arrives on a temporary basis. Liverpool's attack appeared sluggish during the 2-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday, starting the Premier League campaign in questionable form.
While Daniel Sturridge scored, he struggled to find space and link with his teammates in the same speedy manner we saw between him and Suarez last term.
Rickie Lambert is proving unreliable as a constant source of goals. He needs to work extremely hard to even be considered for Rodgers' first team across the entire campaign, especially as he failed to net during pre-season. Falcao's tremendous finishing ability and potential appearance on Merseyside could halt Lambert's Liverpool career before it's even really begun.
"I don't think we played badly, I just don't think it was as fluid as Liverpool can play," said Lambert after the Saints win, per Carl Markham of the Press Association (via the Daily Mail).
Alternatively to Falcao, German paper Bild suggests Rodgers will make a "second inquiry" for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, as reported via Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror. The Uruguayan's versatility would also pose a real threat to Lambert's longevity at the club, as the boss prefers individuals who can fulfill multiple roles.
Reds fans will also be wary of the depleting impact Daniel Agger is making under Rodgers. Previously a leader at Anfield, the manager's decision to bring in centre-backs such as Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren has rendered the Dane surplus to requirements.
Reports suggest Agger could be snapped up by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, if he loses Diego Godin to Bayern Munich, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail. He would certainly be a suitable replacement for the Uruguayan stalwart, who led Atletico to a tremendous La Liga title win and Champions League final last year.
Liverpool's squad is rapidly changing under Rodgers. A signing of Falcao's quality would confirm the side's title challenge at a time when many are questioning whether last season's second-place finish can be reproduced.
The display against Southampton has intensified the arguments of those who believe Liverpool will suffer without Suarez, but Rodgers is only one mega signing away from ensuring his squad can compete across the domestic front and Europe. Falcao appears unlikely, but he would make a major difference to the side's prospects.