Liverpool are stepping up their interest in signing Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez after he scored for Uruguay in their Olympics 2012 opener this week. Merseyside officials watched on Wednesday as the 21-year-old netted from a free-kick as the Uruguay national side came from behind to beat the United Arab Emirates. The Anfield club will watch him again when Uruguay take on Great Britain later in the tournament and are now reportedly making plans to sign the South American star though the deal is likely to be on hold until the games have concluded. Ramirez's agent Pablo Betancourt has now confirmed that the highly-rated star is likely to leave Italy this summer and that he has already held talks with an unnamed Premier League club - with widespread media reports claiming it to be Liverpool. The London Evening Standard claim Barcelona, AC Milan, Manchester United and Manchester City are all also chasing the player, with several offers appearing to be on the table.
Gaston is ready to leave Italy so much so I am in England for talks with a Premier League club, Betancourt said. He is one of the most important players in Uruguay, so there are no shortage of offers.Ramirez is contracted to Bologna until 2016 and with a lengthy contract in place, Liverpool will likely need to offer a fee in excess of £15 million to secure their target.