Liverpool are considering a move for Fiorentina star Adem Ljajic, according to Tutto Mercato Web. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder enjoyed a brilliant run in the Serie A last season, scoring 11 goals and managing eight assists from 28 league appearances.
Ljajic has a year left on his contract and has stalled on signing an extension with the Italian outfit. This has alerted several clubs across Europe and the report claims AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Turkish champions Galatasaray, along with Liverpool, are interested in signing him.
However, Milan and Atletico's interest in signing the Serbian international has now cooled down. This leaves Liverpool and Galatasaray leading the race for Ljajic's signature. Fiorentina seem destined to lose the midfielder after chief executive Sandro Mencucci said he was hoping to bring a quick end to the player's future at the club.
"We're near the end of the market and are nearing the end of the story. All possibilities are open. I am always optimistic and I'd like to see this deal being resolved for the best," Mencucci told Corriere dello Sport.
Meanwhile, Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has echoed comments made by Mencucci but hopes that the Serbian will continue with the Serie A side.
"Ljajic? I cannot give any answers right now, but there are several different options available. He could still stay at Fiorentina, though there's not much chance of that happening. Next week we will make a decision, so give us a few more days. Personally I would like to keep him, of course, but one has to understand the player's intentions and the atmosphere." Della Valle told Sky Sport Italia.
The Reds seem to have missed out on signing Anzhi Makhachkala winger Willian, who, according to the Telegraph, is set for a bidding war between Chelsea and Tottenham. Earlier this summer, the Reds lost the race for Armenian international Henrik Mkhitaryan, who snubbed a chance to move to Anfield and completed his move to Borussia Dortmund.