Liverpool are reportedly closing in on the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Diogo Jota, according to The Independent.

It is reported that the 23-year-old is keen on the prospect of a move to the Premier League champions this summer.

The Mirror report that a deal for the Portugal international could be completed as early as Friday night.

If Liverpool were to land Jota from Molineux then it could take a fee in the region of £35 million to do so.

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Joe Gomez of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

It makes perfect sense

Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of the versatility and work rate of the former Atletico Madrid star, who was left out of the Carabao Cup defeat to Stoke by Nuno Espirito Santo yesterday.

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We think it is a transfer that makes perfect sense and one that should take precedence over Liverpool’s other reported attacking target, Watford forward Ismaila Sarr.

For one, Jota is more proven at a higher level following his success with both Atletico and Wolves – he scored 16 goals in all competitions this season.

Also, Liverpool could land the Wolves player for a cheaper fee following reports that Watford would only accept an offer for Sarr if the club’s £40 million asking-price was met according to The Evening Standard.

This just isn’t viable if Liverpool can land Jota for cheaper as the Portuguese forward’s arrival would immediately provide an injection of attacking quality considering he can operate in multiple positions across Jurgen Klopp’s attacking trident.

Perhaps the most telling reason why Jota would represent a much more financially viable signing is when you consider Liverpool’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations conundrum.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his sides second goal with Sadio Mane of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on June 24, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Ellis/Pool via Getty Images)

Liverpool will have two of their pedigreed front-three members unavailable for a sustained period during the AFCON tournament which is scheduled to take place in January 2022.

The competition was previously postponed back in March due to the ongoing pandemic, but CAF recently decided in June that the competition will go ahead as planned with the dates pencilled in for January and February.

This will mean Liverpool could lose both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for up to six weeks next season making the prospect of signing Sarr – who alongside Mane is expected to represent the Senegal national side – a huge risk.

Liverpool cannot afford to bring in cover to a soon-to-be vulnerable area only to also lose the player that was brought in to provide added depth.

This will certainly be under consideration by Klopp and is one of many reasons why Jota makes for a much more viable purchase when considering both the availability and financial aspects.

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