Liverpool have joined the fray for Arsenal target Clement Grenier, reports in France claim.
The 22-year-old Lyon star has become an integral part of the Ligue 1 outfit since making the move from the youth team into the senior side in 2009, and yesterday Arsene Wenger confirmed that he has been keeping a close eye on Grenier's progress.
"We are following Grenier. His intelligent play pleases me," he said. "He has interesting qualities and reminds me of Samir Nasri."
But Le10Sport and L'Equipe are reporting that Liverpool have also been privately keeping an ongoing interest in the player, and have put in a €15 million concrete offer in the hopes of trumping their Premier League rivals and taking the midfielder to Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers has made clear his ambitions to boost the Liverpool squad this season, with the manager insisting that the side will be challenging for a top-four finish next season.
The midfield will likely need an influx of new players for the next campaign, with Steven Gerrard now pushing 33, and if Rodgers hopes to be able to compete with the Manchester clubs and Chelsea, he will need to have more competition for places in the middle of the park.
Arsenal can offer Grenier Champions League football, while the Reds can't at this stage, but if they are able to step in before the Gunners have the chance to put in an offer, they might be able to outwit the side who often sign the cream of the crop from Ligue 1.
Lyon are still fighting to keep hold of Grenier, and are believed to be trying to convince him to stay on the grounds that he will have guaranteed playing time in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup.
But with Juventus also showing interest, his options are certainly not limited as he enters his final 12 months with his current club.