Rayo hope to land duo on loan

Liverpool’s Pacheco was previously thought to be due to undergo a

medical on Monday ahead of a season-long loan but the club’s sport

director Felipe Minambres said on Tuesday this has not yet taken

place. However, he insisted the club are hopeful of sealing a deal

for the promising striker to return to his homeland before the

weekend. He added the club have Paraguay international Santa Cruz

also on their radar and they are awaiting a response from

Manchester City. He told EFE: “The Paraguayan is in a group of

players that have interested us for a long time. We have presented

an offer to City and now we await the answer.” But Minambres

believes the club will miss out on another target – Juventus winger

Iago Falque. He added: “The agent says this is very difficult

because they have received an interesting offer from England.”