Rumour: Liverpool facing fight with Atletico Madrid for Dani Parejo
Liverpool face competition from Atletico Madrid for highly-rated Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo, according to talkSPORT.
Liverpool have been interested in Parejo for some time, according to talkSPORT, who claim Liverpool’s chief scout Barry Hunter was sent on a scouting mission to watch the Valencia midfielder very recently.
Apparently Brendan Rodgers has taken a shine to him and would like to bring him to Anfield, strengthening a crumbling midfield.
Parejo has had an excellent campaign for Valencia and has performed excellently in some of the club’s biggest fixtures. He scored in the 3-2 win at Barcelona in February and netted in the 2-2 draw at Real Madrid last weekend.
Atletico Madrid, who are on target to win both La Liga and the Champions League, are considered making a move for Parejo last year and now, manager Diego Simeone is now expected to return for him during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Valencia hold the former Real Madrid man in high regard and as an indispensable member of the first-team squad, but the matter could be out of their hands if Liverpool or Atletico activate his £20.5 million release clause.
Parejo, who had a brief spell on loan at QPR in 2008, has scored five goals in 44 outings in all competitions this season.