Liverpool have begun talks over the signing of Dinamo Zagreb youngster Marcelo Brozovic, the player's agent has confirmed.
The 20 year old joined Zagreb from Lokomotiva in the summer, but is already been linked with a move away from the Croatian giants.
And Miroslav Bicanic says that along with a trio of Italian sides, Liverpool are also interested in signing the midfielder, and the Premier League side are said to have already had talks over signing the player.
"Many Italian clubs are looking at him - like Bologna, Parma and Genoa," the player's representative, Miroslav Bicanic, told tuttomercatoweb.com.
"They are not the only ones. Liverpool scouts have also been following him for a long time now and I know they have spoken with the Croatian club.
"It's too early to talk about prices, but I have heard he could be worth €3.5million (£2.8m).
"He is a player with a great engine, but also two good feet. He plays a bit like (Andrea) Pirlo."
The Reds are likely to make a move for a spate of additional attacking options in the January transfer window having missed out on signing Clint Dempsey on the deadline day in the summer.
Brendan Rodgers is likely to be more keen to bring in attacking cover for Luis Suarez after striker Fabio Borini was ruled out for three months with a broken foot.
The Italian originally picked up the injury in the defeat to Manchester United at Anfield last month, but featured for his country last week, further aggravating the injury which leaves him out of action until the New Year.
"Liverpool have confirmed Fabio Borini is to undergo an operation on a fractured bone in his foot," an LFC statement read.
"Borini was assessed by the club's medical team upon his return to Melwood and a decision was made for the 21-year-old to have surgery.
"Typically, an injury of this nature requires a three-month rehabilitation period."