Liverpool are prepared to launch a big-money bid for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to the Daily Mail.
Seri, 26, was close to a move to Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer, with a £35.2million bid submitted for the player, but the offer was rejected by Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere.
The Ivory Coast international was said to be angry at the failed move to Catalonia, and is now attracting the attention of both Liverpool, Manchester City, and PSG.
Liverpool have reportedly been scouting Seri extensively this season, and the Ivorian is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League.
Good move for Liverpool?
Seri is quite obviously very highly-rated across Europe, and Nice’s move to block his transfer to Barcelona was a controversial one.
He has been unfortunate with injuries this season, but is beginning to show his quality once again in the south of France.
With Liverpool central midfielder Emre Can coming to the end of his contract, the Reds may be looking at Seri as a like-for-like replacement for the German due to his passing range, technical quality and ability to dominate the midfield.
If Can does end up leaving, then Seri would not be a bad option to bring in, although they will likely have big-name competition for his signature.
This is Futbol rating: 7/10
Likely to happen?
As mentioned, Manchester City and PSG are also ready to ignite bids for the 26-year-old.
This is significant, as the main issue in any transfer for Seri will obviously be money, and Liverpool lack the financial clout of those two clubs.
Seri is likely to command a significant transfer fee considering the rejected £35.2million offer in the summer, and whether Liverpool are willing or able to offer that kind of money is unknown.
This is Futbol rating: 4/10