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Liverpool set Luis Diaz transfer price with Reds ‘open’ to selling winger

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The agent of Liverpool winger Luis Diaz is said to have held talks with Barcelona about the prospect of a summer transfer.

Liverpool are open to selling Luis Diaz at the right price this summer, according to surprise reports coming out of Colombia. Diaz produced an electric performance in the Reds’ draw with title rivals Manchester City on Sunday but was guilty of wasting multiple goalscoring opportunities due to poor finishing.

The 27-year-old has found form since the turn of the year with three goals and three assists in seven Premier League appearances. But his profligate display against City has sparked questions about the winger.

Diaz has 22 goals and 13 assists in 85 appearances in total for the Reds – an average of a contribution every 161 minutes. His predecessor Sadio Mane, by contrast, managed 120 goals and 48 assists in 269 games at an average of a contribution every 128 minutes.

Colombian newspaper El Heraldo claim Diaz has caught the attention of Barcelona this summer. Diaz is under contract until 2027 but the La Liga heavyweight have long been linked with the former Porto attacker.

It is claimed that Diaz’s agent, Carlos Van Strahlen, has even met with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and had dinner with him. Barca reportedly enquired about the possible price of the winger.

Liverpool would want between £102million (€120m) and £119m (€140m) for the 45-cap Colombia international, per the report. The Premier League giants are said to be open to a sale but only if an offer of that size arrives.

Such a fee makes a move to Barca improbable due to the club’s financial problems. They have had to resort to low-price signings and penny-pinching despite several cash injections through selling stakes in the club’s TV revenue and in-house media company.

Diaz’s dad, Luis Manuel, revealed last November that the Nou Camp is a dream destination for his son. He told Colombian TV channel Win Sports: “It is true that Luis is a loyal Barcelona fan and it would be his dream to go there.

“So far I would like to thank Porto and Liverpool for the way they welcomed him and received him. There would be no problem if Luis came to Barcelona because it is a top team and one of the best in the world.”

Though he didn’t score against City, Diaz’s brilliant dribbling ability left his manager Jurgen Klopp dumbfounded. The German has previously labelled him a “very, very special player”.

He said: “You see a situation when Luis Diaz against [Kyle] Walker, who is officially the fastest in the Premier League, I think they said that recently, and Rodri and he gets out of that. It’s absolutely incredible!”

Diaz will hope to add to his 11-goal, five-assist total for the season this week with Liverpool facing Sparta Prague in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie before visiting Old Trafford to take on bitter rivals Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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