According to the reports, Liverpool held initial talks with newly crowned League 1 champions AS Monaco over the signing of French midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko, who has also been on the radar of Chelsea and Manchester United.
The powerful France international is in-demand this summer and a move to the Premier League looks very likely after the midfielder ruled out the possibility of joining Paris Saint-Germain.
The Daily Mail claim that Chelsea plan to sit down with the League 1 giants this week to discuss a deal but both Liverpool and Man United have beaten the Blues to talks.
Antonio Conte’s men would appear to have the upperhand given their Premier League champions status but the Blues are unlikely to be able to match the wages on offer at Old Trafford, while Bakayoko has a greater guarantee of game time at Anfield.
Leonardo Jardim’s side value Bakayoko at £50m and the club’s president already admitted that he will not stand in the way of any player who expresses his desire to leave this summer.
The chances of Manchester United of signing Bakayoko are high, while Liverpool still need to overcome a play-off to reach the Champions League group stages.