Darwin Nunez wants to move to Liverpool and the Benfica forward is the Reds’ number one target this summer.
The Uruguay international scored 34 times for Benfica last season in all competitions, including goals in both legs of the club’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Liverpool in April.
No offer has been made by Jurgen Klopp’s side for Nunez, who is valued by the Portuguese club at €100m (£85.5m).
Manchester United are also admirers of the 22-year-old.
Liverpool, however, are not prepared to enter a bidding war for the striker and will not pay over the odds for the player.
Nunez is also one of a number of forwards Liverpool are looking at this summer, with doubts over the futures of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but the Benfica striker is the Reds’ top target in this transfer window.
Mane is wanted by German champions Bayern Munich after the Senegal forward refused to commit to Liverpool beyond next season.
The 30-year-old has one year left on his contract and joked the majority of people in Senegal want him to leave Anfield.
Salah also has one year left on his Liverpool contract but announced before last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid that he will be staying in Merseyside for at least one more season.
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Which positions are Liverpool targeting this summer?
Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor:
Liverpool will look to strengthen their forward line this season. The fact they even spoke to Kylian Mbappe shows how intent they are to add further quality up top.
It makes sense with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino entering the final year of their contracts while the potential departure of Sadio Mane, who has also got one year left on his deal, and Divock Origi having already decided to go, makes reinforcements in that area a priority. If Mane is to leave, Liverpool will only look to do business for a fee above the €30m that’s been quoted and they would want a replacement sorted before allowing him to go.
With Fabio Carvalho due to officially start his Liverpool career on July 1, any further overhaul in midfield could depend on the futures of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino. Oxlade Chamberlain made 29 appearances in a 63 game season and hasn’t played since the FA Cup win over Forest in March, while Minamino made just 24 appearances and both could look for more regular first-team opportunities. Oxlade Chamberlain is another player with just one year left on his contract.
Strengthening the back-line doesn’t appear to be a priority with Ibrahima Konate offering another option to Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk while Joe Gomez is able to cover right-back and centre-back.
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