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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Battle Tottenham for Argentine Ace

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Reports claim the two Premier League sides are chasing after River Plate striker Lucas Alario.

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Following an impressive 2015-16 season for River Plate, 23-year-old Argentinean striker Lucas Alario was recently called up to the national team for the first time, earning his first two senior caps for his country in World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela.

Now, he’s also being linked with a major step in his club career. Or with a potential half-dozen of them. The transfer window may have closed two weeks ago, but Alario is currently being linked heavily with Inter Milan and Torino in Italy along with a handful of Spanish clubs.

He’s also being linked with a potential move to either Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool. It’s a whole lot of rumoured interest in an player that wasn’t on very many peoples’ radar until this past summer, but Marca claim that the widespread interest in Alario is in fact real.

Liverpool were tenuously linked with a move for the striker over the summer, with reports out of Argentina claiming a bid of around £8M had been rejected, but at the time no English outlets or journalists with ties to the club were able to confirm there was interest.

Few fans were particularly excited by the rumours, either, be it at £8M or the £15M River Plate were rumoured to be asking for. Beyond the fact that few knew the player, the simple fact was Liverpool didn’t need another striker. That remains true now that the window has closed.

When Liverpool were originally linked, there was little reason to think it was anything other than a case of the player’s representatives trying to get a few European clubs interested. Having failed to get a move in the summer, this appears to be a continuation of that.