Looking for a new midfielder, Napoli have for a very long time been after Porto’s Hector Herrera.
The Mexican international, who scored the third of his country’s goals in a 3-1 win over Uruguay on Monday morning, has been a target for the Serie A side ever since the transfer market neared, and while we didn’t cover it because no Premier League clubs were linked, things have now changed.
According to Il Mattino on Tuesday, Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool have turned their attention towards the FC Porto star, and while not a direct threat just yet to Napoli’s chances, it’s certainly an unwanted annoyance.
Napoli and Angelo De Laurentiis have already met with the player’s representatives, something Liverpool are yet to do, and have made their intentions clear: four years with a bid of around €15m (£11.7m) + bonuses for the club.
Porto, who bought the player for around £9m, would prefer €25m (£19.5m), but Il Mattino a fee of around €20m (£15.6m) should be enough to secure his services.
Announced as close to signing Piotr Zielinski from Udinese, Liverpool still haven’t got the midfield recruitment they’ve been looking for, and with Napoli also after the Pole, perhaps this is the Premier League club’s way of letting them know they won’t be pushed around so easily?
To be honest, it’s probably Herrera’s agent or Porto trying to force Napoli’s hand in getting the deal done sooner rather than later.