Liverpool have triggered Luciano Vietto’s release clause with a £14.2m bid, according to reports.
The Villarreal attacker was one of the La Liga’s most outstanding players this season and scored 18 goals in all competitions.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen bolster his attack following a disappointing season which saw Liverpool slump to a sixth-placed finish.
According to Metro, Vietto looks destined to leave Villarreal in the summer and the Premier League club has signalled its intention to lure the 21-year-old to the club after matching his buyout clause.
Liverpool will face stiff competition over the Argentine’s signature however, with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid also reportedly interested.
Metro reports that Vietto’s preferred destination is to stay in Spain with Atletico, however he would be a valuable addition to Liverpool’s attack should the Reds convince the youngster to make a Premier League move.
Liverpool managed to score just 52 goals this season in comparison to its 101 during the 2013/14 campaign, and Reds owners FSG must invest heavily if the club is to fight for a Champions League spot next season.