Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol, according to 90min.
The report claims Real Madrid and Manchester City have spoken with the German club over a potential move, whereas the Reds, Tottenham and Manchester United have all demonstrated a desire to sign the 20-year-old.
Despite this, it is believed Chelsea are further along in negotiations than any other side.
The Blues have shown a willingness to seal the transfer in January, whilst the majority of other suitors would prefer to wait until the summer.
Liverpool interested in Gvardiol
Although the youngster was very highly rated prior to the World Cup, his campaign out in Qatar has blown this through the roof.
The defender played every single minute for Croatia at the tournament. This includes the full 120 minutes in the last-16 and the quarter-finals, and the entire semi-final against cup winners Argentina.
Gvardiol even scored a stunning header in the third-place play-off match to help his country towards a 2-1 win – and a consequent medal.
The 20-year-old deservedly received huge plaudits for a number of his displays. Having watched Croatia defeat Brazil, Pat Nevin told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Josko Gvardiol is a joy. It’s like watching a Rolls-Royce. That guy is brilliant.”
Elsewhere, BBC pundit Alex Scott lauded the centre-back’s abilities, claiming ‘his potential is just limitless’.
Whilst Gvardiol would be a brilliant addition to Liverpool’s back-line, it remains an unlikely prospect.
Jurgen Klopp already has Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate as his starters. Therefore, there isn’t necessarily a guaranteed spot for him in the Reds’ starting XI.