Arda Turan
Arda Turn has impressed while playing for Atletico Madrid. [Reuters]

Liverpool are considering making an offer for Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan in January as they seek to fight toff competition from bitter rivals Manchester United.

Reports in Turkey suggest that both clubs have sent scouts to watch the winger in action this action, however, should they decide to make an offer in January then they would have to match his release clause which stands at €40m.

Turan recently signed a new contract with Atletico which after learning of interest from Manchester United who reportedly activated his previous release clause of €24m in the summer, only for complications over his paperwork to stall proceedings.

With United still to find their best form under manager David Moyes, there is a belief that the club will look to strengthen in January and Turan may well be on their radar.

However, it appears as though they may be forced to compete with Liverpool who have started the season in superb fashion and may well be looking to add another attacking option in the New Year.

Turan's agent Ahmet Bulut revealed last season how the 26-year-old would one day like to play his club football in England and even suggested there was interest from Manchester United and Liverpool.

"A destination in the Premier League would be to the liking of the player and I can confirm there are clubs interested, like the two mentioned," said Bulut. "He wants to work in England."

The Turkey international has become an integral player for Atletico in recent seasons and has excelled in the current campaign as Diego Simeone's side currently sit second in the table, three points clear of neighbours Real Madrid.

Turan has the ability to play in the wide positions but he can also operate behind a striker and is known for his ability to create opportunities for others as well as chip in with important goals.

He also has experience in the Champions League and has helped Atletico cruise through to the knockout stages of the competition, the Spanish club winning all four of their matches to date.