Liverpool are reportedly considering a move in signing Palermo striker Paulo Dybala in January.
The Italian publication Tutto Mercato Web claims that the Reds are in search for a striker as Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his side's attacking division in the mid-season transfer window.
The Merseyside club currently have the services of summer signings Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, along with Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge. The England international has been injured since September and is still on the sidelines recovering from his injuries.
In Sturridge's absence, the Northern Irishman started Balotelli, who has failed to score in the Premier League this season. The Italian international is also injured and Rodgers has started Lambert in the last few games.
However, Liverpool are looking for a striker in January and the former Swansea boss has set his sights on Dybala. The 21-year-old has over 18 months left on his current deal and is already attracting interest from top clubs across Europe.
According to the Mirror, Liverpool's league rivals Arsenal are also monitoring the Argentine player, who is valued to be around £31.6m. South American agent Jose Alberti earlier confirmed Inter Milan's interest and suggested that the hosts of clubs are keen on acquiring his client's services.
"Inter spotted Dybala first. This is a very young player, he is a possibility. Now several other major European teams have been linked to the player and the price has gone up," Alberti told Tutto Mercato Web.
Meanwhile, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has admitted the Serie A outfit will part ways with Dybala if interested clubs could meet their asking price of around €50m.
"Nobody contacted me to Paulo Dybala .€42m? At that price, it is not impossible for me to say no. €42m may not be enough. I expect that the PSG is manifested. Dybala is too expensive for even Napoli's Aurelio De Laurentiis. Its price ranges between €42-50m," Zamparini explained.
"I think he will stay at least one more season with us, at least if he listens to my advice. We are studying the possibility of extending his contract, it is a very smart boy."
"When he arrived with his representatives, he was keen to read the contract in its entirety. If he continues like this, my team can have ambitions, it can aim better posture," the Palermo president concluded.