Liverpool will turn their attention to Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum left the Reds after five years at Anfield, signing for PSG on a free transfer.
But the Reds’ boss has already got one player lined up, who will be coached by Jose Mourinho should he remain at Roma.
Pellegrini only has one year remaining on his current contract with the Italian outfit and the Reds are believed to be targeting him as the ideal player to replace Wijnaldum, according to a report by Mundo Deportivo.
Barcelona are also interested in the 24-year-old, but are only prepared to offer €20m (£17m), which is short of his €30m (£25m) release clause.
Liverpool are ‘ready to pay’ this figure according to the above report as the Reds look to strengthen their midfield department.
With 12 months left on his contract and without an extension agreed, Roma could be forced to sell Pellegrini in the summer, to avoid a similar situation to that of Wijnaldum’s at Liverpool.
Pellegrini scored 11 goals and registered nine assists in all competitions last campaign as he enjoyed a productive season for Roma.
Another benefit for Liverpool is that the midfielder will bring leadership qualities to the club, due to his current role as captain of Roma.
The Italy international progressed through the academy system at the club from a young age, left for Sassuolo in 2015 but re-joined Roma two years later.
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This would not be the first time that Roma and Liverpool have conducted transfer business, should a deal between the clubs be agreed.
Two of the Reds’ most important first-team players both arrived from Roma and have been instrumental in the team’s recent successes.
Mohamed Salah was the first to arrive in 2017, for a fee believed to be in the region of £34m.
The Egyptian forward has certainly proven he was worth every penny of this transfer deal, and more.
One year later, the clubs were in negotiations once again as Alisson Becker completed a big-money move to Anfield.
The £66m Liverpool paid for his services was a world-record fee for a goalkeeper at the time, but was eclipsed one month later as Chelsea splashed out £71m on Kepa Arrizabalaga.