Valencia have accepted they are going to lose out-of-contract midfielder Seydou Keita, reports in Spain claim, in a move that has reignited the interest of Liverpool who made a formal bid for the midfielder earlier this year.
The 34-year-old midfielder was a pivotal player during Barcelona's glory years, helping them to glory twice in the Champions League and winning three La Liga titles before moving to Chinese side Dalian Aerbin.
Keita himself recently revealed Brendan Rodger's side made him an offer during the January transfer window but he instead opted for Valencia and a return to La Liga - where he excelled during the second half of the 2013/14 season.
" Things were advancing with Liverpool...but when things with Valencia came up, I gave the go ahead. I was in very advanced talks with Liverpool, but Valencia came and I have more chances to play, when all you want is to play and enjoy a high level and I can still play at that level. At Liverpool, I wasn't sure what would happen. When you speak to managers and directors you sense confidence, that's why I chose Valencia," Keita said then.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Valencia sporting director Rufete handed Keita a contract extension two weeks ago, but the midfielder has delayed the negotiations and is considering other offers.
And AS claim that Liverpool could be his next destination after Rodgers renewed his attempts to sign the player on a free transfer after missing out on him six months ago.
However, reports in Italy claim Roma are ready to better the deal put forward by the Reds and have already made the midfielder a lucrative offer.
Liverpool have already signed Southampton striker Ricky Lambert but Rodgers' is keen on adding further names to his squad ahead of a busy season, where the club wll have to strike a balance between European and domestic football following their return to the Champions League.