Liverpool have reportedly jumped to the front of the queue to land highly-rated Tottenham target Nicolo Barella from Cagliari.
Jurgen Klopp is known to have been keeping a close eye on the Italy under-21 midfielder, who is rated at around £35million.
The 21-year-old helped Italy finish third in the U-21 World Cup in 2017 and was called up into the senior squad last year.
Both Milan giants are also interested in signing Barella, who instead favours a move to the Premier League, according to the Sunday Express.
Tottenham, who failed to make a signing during the summer transfer window, are looking to make up for lost time by making a splash in January and are also very keen on the player.
Klopp, though, is reported to be extremely confident of landing the youngster, who has made an impressive start to the new season for his club side.
The Reds chief is looking to add to his midfield options, despite strengthening with Fabinho and Naby Keita in the summer, especially while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains on the sidelines.
Klopp is also hoping to use Ragnar Klavan’s summer move to the Sardinian club to tempt Cagliari to sell.
The Estonian defender was allowed to move on deadline day for £2million, with the relationship between the two clubs said to be strong after the deal.
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