LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has turned his attention to Leicester winger Harvey Barnes – after being priced out of a move for Wolves’ Adama Traore.
It is thought the Molineux club might want £60million for their flying Spaniard.
And that has left Anfield bean counters looking for an alternative so Klopp can strengthen his title-winning side.
We revealed exclusively in May how Klopp had made Traore his top priority.
But Reds chiefs have already baulked at paying nearly £50m for striker Timo Werner, who went to Chelsea.
And they certainly will not pay that much for 24-year-old Traore, also wanted by Manchester United and Manchester City.
They think they can get Barnes much, much cheaper – and Klopp is on board.
The German knows he cannot let his side sit still.
Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri are increasingly likely to move on this summer.
Adam Lallana has already gone to Brighton.
And Klopp knows he needs to strengthen in attacking roles.
But Liverpool spent £280m in 2018 alone – and in this era of coronavirus, they cannot justify paying crazy sums.
Barnes has made a huge impression as the Foxes have fought all the way for the Champions League spots, taking it to the very last day.
The winger, 22, might not look like Traore physique-wise, but his delivery is exceptional.
It is the main reason why Jamie Vardy has been a strong contender for the Golden Boot this term with 23 goals prior to today’s finale.
But Brendan Rodgers does not want to lose him – as he looks likely to be without £60m Manchester City and Chelsea target, left-back Ben Chilwell.
However, a big cash offer would give him the chance to strengthen in other areas, particularly centre-half where Wes Morgan, 36, is getting close to the end of his Premier League life.