Liverpool are reportedly pondering a summer move for Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho after the midfielder admitted that he is open to a move, but only if his current employers accept the offer from an interested club.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are in the market for a holding midfielder and could target the former Atletico Madrid midfielder at the end of the current campaign.
The Spanish international has been impressive for the La Liga side and the club have staved off interest in the midfielder, but it looks unlikely that he will remain with them beyond this summer.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign a top quality midfielder to fill the gap that will be left by the imminent departure of skipper Steven Gerrard, who is moving to the MLS side LA Galaxy.
Camacho joined Malaga in 2011 and has made 111 appearances for the club, but recently has attracted interest from clubs around Europe. The La Liga club's sporting director Mario Husillos admitted that he received a call from Inter Milan, but the Serie A giants were put off when the club asked them to meet his release clause which is set at £15m.
"I had just one call [about Camacho], not an offer, from Inter Milan," Husillos said, as quoted on Liverpool Echo.
"[Vice-president Javier] Zanetti called me and I told him that for this window, they'd have to pay his buyout clause fee, which is €20m," the Malaga sporting director explained.
The Merseyside club have got further encouragement in their pursuit of the 24-year-old midfielder, after he recently admitted that he is willing to leave Malaga if the right offer comes in and the club are ready to accept it.
"If I do leave here then I want it to be done well and that Malaga are not angry with me," Camacho said, as quoted by the Express.
"But I also think you need to look at the market and its value in case you leave. We all know Malaga's situation, which isn't too bad, but they could be forced to sell for a reasonable price."
"It's always good when teams are looking at you because it means you are doing things right, both individually and collectively. The situation at Malaga is good and that benefits me. I have a contract here but if anyone wants to come in for me, then they will have to negotiate," the Spanish midfielder added.