Brighton have received a bid in excess of £80m for midfielder Moises Caicedo.
The 21-year-old Ecuadorian has been heavily linked with Chelsea throughout this transfer window, with the Blues seeing several bids rejected by Brighton, who are holding out for around £100m.
The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Brighton have received a bid from an "as yet unidentified club" surpassing Chelsea's last offer of £80m.
Where do Liverpool come in?
Football Insider claim that the Reds are, in fact, the mystery bidders, but add that it "remains to be seen" if Liverpool will meet the Seagulls asking price.
A move for Caicedo would likely represent a new transfer record for Liverpool.
Anfield Watch reported last month that Liverpool have maintained an interest in Caicedo as they continue their midfield rebuild, despite a growing expectation that he will eventually join Chelsea.
However, Football Insider's claim that the Reds are responsible for this latest offer has been dismissed by several other reports since the story broke.
Liverpool remain in the market for at least one more midfielder this transfer window, with Romeo Lavia and Andre Trindade among the targets.
Melissa Reddy wrote that the Reds are looking for two profiles in the market – "a controller and a progressive destroyer" – though it is not guaranteed that both will arrive in this transfer window.
Was part of my reporting yesterday that in an ideal situation, it would be a controller and a progressive destroyer (plus a defender). Might be a case of holding on one of the profiles if there's confidence better can be found. But they're currently working on multiple solutions
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 2, 2023
Liverpool have seen two bids rejected by Southampton for Lavia already, with the latest reportedly totalling £41m, including add-ons.
Meanwhile, it is understood that Andre would cost anywhere between €25-40m (£21-34m), though his club Fluminense are reluctant to sell during the Brazilian season.
Logic suggests it is highly unlikely that Liverpool would break their transfer record and bid upwards of £80m for Caicedo – as good as he may be – when their other midfield targets are so much cheaper.
In addition to recruiting up to two more midfielders, the Reds are understood to be looking at left-sided centre back options.