Third-party ownership issues are holding up Liverpool’s move for River Plate striker Lucas Alario, with the Reds looking to secure a deal quickly.
With player rights often split between a number of parties in South America, the Reds’ push to sign Alario from River is said to have hit a snag.
Despite this, Liverpool are looking to finalise their move for the 23-year-old “as soon as possible,” likely to be worth around £9.5 million.
That is according to the Mirror‘s Ed Malyon, who details the complicated arrangement regarding Alario’s future—with Borussia Dortmund also said to be interested the in Argentinian.
River own 30 percent of Alario’s rights at present, which will increase to 60 percent with a payment of £950,000 in May.
But with former club Colon linked with the investment group that owns the final 40 percent, River are locked in talks over securing his full rights ahead of a move.
Though River believe they “aren’t far off a deal,” Malyon claims that Liverpool’s interest is “pushing up the price.”
Third-party ownership is banned in the Premier League, meaning Liverpool would need to buy 100 percent of Alario’s rights before he can make the move to Merseyside—which could bump the deal up to £10 million.
Alario has expressed his desire to move to Liverpool, with the Reds already reported to have made a bid worth £5.6 million for the striker.
“Tell them to contact me,” he said in March, responding to Liverpool’s reported interest.
“Given the choice, I’d like to experience the Premier League, and I’d like to play for Liverpool. I always select them when I play football on the Playstation.”
Alario is a powerful centre-forward with a great touch and a tenacious edge, which would aid his adjustment to the Premier League.
Since moving to River from Colon in Alario has scored 10 goals and registered five assists in 22 appearances, utilising his pace and power to dominate Primera Division defences.
He was instrumental in River’s push for the Copa Libertadores title in 2015, but with Liverpool interested in a big-money deal, he could be on his way to Merseyside in the near future.
This would see Alario follow former River team-mate Ramiro Funes Mori, who joined Everton for £9.5 million last summer.