Highly-rated Benfica attacker linked with shock summer move to Liverpool

Liverpool are reportedly readying a move for Benfica B talent David Tavares after the 20-year-old midfielder impressed scouts during the Reds friendly game.

Jurgen Klopp’s men took part in a friendly versus Benfica B prior to the Champions League win over Tottenham, and David is said to have impressed Reds’ scouts earlier back in June 1.

According to talkSPORT via the Portuguese paper O Jogo, the Reds are lining up a move for the ace but no official bid has been submitted as of yet.

The Reds were reportedly impressed by his physicality and aggression in the middle of the pitch in the pre-Champions League final friendly, and David’s tackling ability was also understood to have caught the eye.

The versatile player had been set to break into Benfica B’s first team squad last campaign before sustaining an ankle injury which ruled the player out for the majority of the season.

David is expected to feature in the senior side next campaign, however, should Reds not pursue a move for the prodigy.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have reportedly cooled their interest in LOSC Lille star Nicolas Pepe.

Liverpool were understood to be leading the hunt for his signature following talk that they were prepared to trigger his £70m asking price.

However, the Evening Standard now states that the Reds are no longer keen on the Ivorian and are only planning minor changes to their roster this summer.