It was not so long ago that Nicolas Gaitan was seen as one of the hottest prospects in Europe, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid all ready to pay up to £25m for the Benfica midfielder.
However the Argentine has emerged as a target for Liverpool in the January transfer window. The Reds reportedly made a £14m move for the 24-year-old during the summer, and may be keen to revive that deal in the new year after mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala announced their interest in Gaitan.
Technically gifted and adept at playing a continental style passing game, Gaitan is typical of the sort of player that Rodgers has sought to sign during his rebuilding of the first team squad.
Capturing Gaitan would prove to be something of a coop for Rodgers, considering the calibre of clubs that have been linked with the attacking midfielder.
The 24-year-old also offers more versatility than other transfer targets, such as the Belgian winger Dries Mertens, being able to play centrally as well as on the left wing.
However after an underwhelming venture into the transfer market during the summer, Rodgers will be under pressure to secure a number of marquee signings that confirm that he is committed to leading the club in the right direction.
Although Liverpool’s American owners are likely to make a substantial budget available to Rodgers in the new year, it will be imperative that the Northern Irishman gets value for money out of every deal in order to stretch his funds and allow himself to bring in as many players as he needs.
Whilst it has been difficult to estimate Gaitan’s true value, should Rodgers go ahead and capture the Argentine for £14m it may prove to be one of the signings of the season.