Liverpool are interested in signing Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon, reports in Brazil claim.

The 19 year old signed for the Blues in 2011, for a fee of around £8million. The sale was blasted by Juventus at the time, who accused the west London side of acting unethically in being willing to spend so much money on such a young player.

Lucas Piazon
Lucas Piazon is a reported target for Liverpool.

Since then, he struggled for game time with Chelsea, despite his obvious talent for the side, and last January he was loaned out to Malaga for the rest of the season.

His performances for Malaga received wide praise, despite failing to score for the club, and he was able to get Champions League experience with the side as well as featuring in La Liga.

But as he prepares to return to Stamford Bridger and discuss his future with the club, Brazilian publication Lancenet claim that Liverpool are showing interest in taking on the youngster permanently.

The Reds have recently signed fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, and alongside Lucas they reportedly believe that Piazon would be another fine Brazilian addition.

His age is also believed to be positive point for Liverpool's owners, who have a policy of making sure the vast majority of their purchases have a good return and potential for long-term success.

The Reds are keen to build on their squad this summer, and Brendan Rodgers has made clear the fact that he wants players who can display a winning mentality as they look for Champions League qualification.

"In order to breed the consistency needed to give us success, we need to bring in winners - those with the winning mentality," he told the official Liverpool website.

Piazon would indeed bring even more attacking flair to the club, and alongside Coutinho he could become an important part of Rodgers' plans to build a side which doesn't isn't so reliant on Luis Suarez's goals, particularly with the striker's future at the club currently uncertain.

But whether Chelsea are ready to part with the youngster, who for his age was a massive buy for the club, remains to be seen.