Liverpool are reportedly planning a surprise move to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, who is also a target for Serie A giants Inter Milan.
According to Calcio Mercato Web, the Reds are looking to bring an attacking player to replace the recently departed Raheem Sterling, and have identified the Egyptian winger as the perfect candidate to fill the void left by the Englishman, who joined Manchester City early July
Salah, who spent the second half of the 2014/15 campaign on loan with Fiorentina, has been embroiled in controversy after rejecting a chance to stay with the Florence-based outfit, despite the club agreeing an 18-month loan deal with the Blues.
The Serie A side have threatened legal action against the player after his agent Ramy Abbas revealed that his client will not play for Fiorentina next season but for another Italian club 'with different moral values'.
Inter have since reaffirmed their interest in signing the out-of-favour winger from the Blues and are hoping to conclude discussions with the Premier League champions sooner rather than later.
"We replied to Fiorentina, and we took a very strong position. I talked with the Fiorentina directors, explaining that we're looking at him, but we haven't done anything wrong. We hope things will be resolved as soon as possible," Marco Fassone, Inter Milan general director, said as quoted by La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
"We're happy with the work done up until this point, but it's only 9 July, so we still have another 50 days. It's only a job half done. We want to finish it in the best way possible," he added.
However, the Serie A giants will now face competition from Liverpool, who are keen to take the player to Anfield, but will reportedly only submit a formal offer once they understand the legal obligations involved in signing the player in order to avoid any sanctions from Uefa.
Salah joined Chelsea from Swiss side FC Basel during the 2013 January transfer window, but failed to make an impact and hold down a regular place under Jose Mourinho. He was subsequently loaned out to Fiorentina in January this year, which saw Juan Cuadrado move in the opposite direction.