While Wataru Endo is seemingly set to complete a move to Anfield, Liverpool's pursuit of new midfielders won't stop there. According to reports, the Reds have made contact over Fiorentina's Sofyan Amrabat.
Having lost out on top targets Moisés Caicedo and Roméo Lavia to Chelsea, it seems Liverpool want to sign two more midfielders this summer after losing captain Jordan Henderson, vice-captain James Milner, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all in the same window - and only replacing them with Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Amrabat's name has been long linked with the club, especially after his strong showing for Morocco at the World Cup in the winter. However, interest never seemed to turn into a concrete offer. Now, though, the Reds' hand has been forced and, according to Fabrizio Romano, speaking on his YouTube channel, they have reached out to the 26-year-old to gauge interest.
Move not imminent
Romano first quashed reports that had been circulating in the Netherlands claiming that Amrabat was already on his way to Anfield.
"From what I am told this is not the case today. What happened is [that] yesterday, Liverpool, in the night, called Amrabat’s side to be informed on the conditions of the deal," he said.
He added that "Liverpool know what it will take to sign Amrabat" with regard to both personal terms and transfer fee, but that a bid hasn't been placed yet.
A major obstacle
However, there is one major obstacle to this deal. Rivals Manchester United have been heavily linked to Amrabat and it seems that both sides are keen to seal the move - or at least they were.
This was confirmed by Romano, who said: "He said yes to Man United at the end of June, but it’s almost two months waiting and waiting and waiting. So, it’s on Man United now. Amrabat is waiting for Man United, but now, they have to submit a bid."
It remains to be seen if Liverpool's interest is genuine and indeed whether the lure of the Reds is enough to turn the Moroccan's head. The club simply cannot afford to lose another target to a rival.