Lucas Ocampos makes decision on Liverpool transfer as Sevilla target swap deal

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Lucas Ocampos has reportedly decided he wants to move to Liverpool at the end of the season, amid the suggestion of a potential swap deal involving Takumi Minamino. The Argentine is playing the best football of his career in Andalusia following mixed spells with Monaco, Marseille, Genoa and AC Milan. Now a chance to test himself in the Premier League could be about to materialise. 

He struck 14 times in La Liga last term and was a key part of their Europa League triumph in Germany.

Everton were said to be keen on the winger last summer but the Toffees did not lodge an official bid for his services.

Now Liverpool are among those said to be in contention to sign him at the end of the current season.

Reports in Spain claim that Sevilla are interested in taking Minamino as part of a swap deal.

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The Japanese international has immediately impressed at Southampton since joining the club on loan on deadline day.

Now Sevilla chief Monchi is keen on working with the former RB Salzburg attacker, whose Anfield career has failed to take off since his £7.25m switch in January 2020.

According to Argentine outlet El Instrasigente, Ocampos is thought to be keen on making the move to Merseyside.

The report cites that River Plate, Ocampos’ first-ever club, have a clause that means they could be set for a payday if the player completes the move.

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They will receive around 3.5 percent of any future transfer fees with the River Plate board keen for Liverpool to trigger his £56m release clause.

That’s unlikely to happen though of course with the Reds already working with limited finances.

Not only that but the return of Diogo Jota is also likely to fix their woes in attack.

Ultimately, the former Wolves man could change the club’s fortunes in the final third and reduce the need for another attacker in the transfer market.

Ocampos plays predominately as a wide forward, roles which are currently occupied by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

While both are out of form, it remains highly unlikely that either are replaced at the end of the campaign, unless they demand a move away.

The reigning Premier League champions are expected to make several changes to their squad though, following a tame title defence.

The likes of Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could be forced to move on, while Gini Wijnaldum is currently set to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

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