Liverpool are believed to have expressed an interest in securing the services of Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon after the midfielder admitted he may need to go on loan again next season.
The 19 year old is viewed as one of the brightest prospects in the Chelsea academy but has so far struggled to make an impact in the first team due to stiff competition for places in an attacking midfield role.
Chelsea are blessed with an array of attacking talent, with the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle all competing for a starting berth next season.
With Piazon having proved his ability during a six month loan at Malaga last season, Chelsea are said to be keen for the midfielder to gain some Premier League experience, though this is unlikely to come at Stamford Bridge.
The Express reports that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed an interest in the Brazilian youngster and may well be hoping that his good relationship with Jose Mourinho stands him in good stead.
Rodgers worked under Mourinho at Chelsea and last season managed to convince him to loan Nuri Sahin to Liverpool, despite major interest from Arsenal.
Traditionally the two clubs have been viewed as direct rivals but with Liverpool some way off competing for the league title, they may feel they can convince Chelsea to accept a loan deal.
Piazon has indicated that he is prepared to spend time away from Chelsea in order to continue his development, saying: "To be fair, I think I am too young to be playing at Chelsea. So I'm fine. It's hard to break into this Chelsea team. It's good for me to be going out on loan.
"Last season I stayed half the season at Chelsea and half at Malaga. It was good for me to play in La Liga and the Champions League. In this next season I will try to stay in the Premier League - it's important for me to stay in England and get used to the league where Chelsea play. English football is different to Spanish and I need to get used to the physical side.
"So it is important to find the right club before the start of the season. When I went to Malaga it was in the middle of the season. The manager knew all the players but he didn't know me well. It was a bit difficult. I would prefer to have time to get to know the team.
"But I have no idea where I will go. I told everyone I would concentrate on this part of pre-season and I will talk about it with my dad when I get back to England at the weekend."