Liverpool are reportedly willing to challenge Manchester United for Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have bid €50m (£43m) for the Argentine, according to journalist Rudy Galetti.
However, Liverpool are said to be trying to get the funds together to try and outbid their rivals.
Atalanta are seemingly willing to sell to the highest bidder.
Man United want to sign a centre-back this summer to upgrade on Victor Lindelof.
Romero to Liverpool doesn’t make much sense
Rumours of Liverpool attempting to sign another centre-back are very unexpected at this time.
The signing of Konate seemed to be the end of their defensive recruitment drive.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip should all be fit for the start of the new season. When fit, all three are world-class, while Konate certainly has the potential to be.
The only way we can see the Reds actually going for Romero is if Matip leaves. However, that seems unlikely at this stage.
Romero is a top-class defender. He is currently away with Argentina at the Copa America.
He only recently turned 23 and has had a fantastic season in Serie A.
Romero is only just over 6 foot tall, yet is brilliant in the air. This is because he reads the game incredibly well.
He is likely going to be a world-class player, but surely is not being seriously considered by the Reds.
It makes little sense to spend almost £90m on centre-backs when there are numerous other gaps in the squad.
Still, there is never smoke without fire, so fans should probably still keep an eye on how this develops.