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Liverpool keen on Benfica ace Rodrigo; Ricky Alvarez wants to stay at Inter

S.L. Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has all but confirmed Liverpool's interest in £25 million-rated forward Rodrigo.

S.L. Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has all but confirmed Liverpool’s interest in £25 million-rated forward Rodrigo.

When asked about the Reds’ interest in the former Spain youth international, Jesus said: “It’s normal. Every Benfica player is in a big window.

“The league is full of high quality players so it’s normal for other clubs to be interested.

“Rodrigo is going through a good moment.”

The 23-year-old striker, formerly of Real Madrid, was scouted heavily [by Chelsea, Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion] on Thursday, as Benfica snuck passed Tottenham Hotspur and into the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

Rodrigo is viewed as one of the best young talents in Spain and Liverpool are keen but the struggles of Luis Alberto, who arrived on Merseyside from Barcelona in a deal worth £6.8 million last summer, may put off the UEFA Champions League hopefuls.

The Spaniard’s agent and father Adalberto Machado will meet with the club to discuss the player’s future in the summer.

“I expect to meet the club at the end of the season,” Machado told TMW.

“We want the best for the player and for the club, but at the moment Rodrigo is only concentrating on Benfica and winning titles at the end of the season.”

Ricky Alvarez wants to stay at Inter

FC Internazionale Milano midfielder Ricky Alvarez has revealed he would like to stay at the club amid uncertainty regarding his long-term future at the San Siro.

The Argentina international, 25, is under contract at Inter until June 2016 but recent reports have linked him with a move abroad in the summer.

Transfer speculation in January suggested Alvarez could seal a move to United in a deal which would send Nani to Italy.

However, the rumours linking Alvarez with United have died down in recent weeks and the Argentine ace has insisted he is fully focused on helping Inter achieve their best-possible finish.

“I am thinking only about ending the season well,” Alvarez said. “For the rest there is my agent and the club.

“I want to continue playing at Inter and I see myself here for many years, then, in football, you never know.”

Alvarez, has tallied four goals and a team-leading seven assists in 22 Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri this term, is priced at 9/4 to score at anytime against Atalanta on Sunday.

Internazionale (12-11-5) are currently in fifth-place in the league table, 28 points adrift of runaway leaders Juventus and 11 points behind Napoli for the UEFA Champions League qualifying place.

Sun 23 March, 2014
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