LIVERPOOL have received a boost in their pursuit of Diego Capel, according to talkSPORT.
The Reds were set to fight Atletico Madrid for the winger, but the Copa Del Rey winners have played down talk of a move for the Sporting Lisbon winger.
The Spain international has been linked with a move out of the Portuguese capital, with the club in need of some money to help their financial troubles. Capel, who could replace Downing at Anfield, could cost anything from £5million, with Lisbon wanting £8million.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is eager to bring in new faces to the club this summer, and has also been linked with Luis Alberto, Christian Atsu and Iago Aspas. But the Norther Irishman is reportedly keen on Capel, who turned 25 in February.
And he now faces less competition to land the 25-year-old after Atletico president Enrique Cerezo all but ruled out a bid for the former Sevilla man.
When asked about his side’s interest in Capel, he told A Bola: “I personally do not think so, we are interested in other players.”
Liverpool will want to complete any deal for the winger ahead of their pre-season tour of Australia and Asia. The Reds will return to face Stoke at Anfield in their first Premier League game of the season.
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