Liverpool are ready to steal a march on their rivals with a bid to sign Nice youngster Pedro Brazao, according to reports.
The Reds have largely been quiet in recent transfer windows, using the summer market to bolster their youth ranks with Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg.
It is unlikely Liverpool will do any more significant business before the month is out, with the focus fully on securing the club’s first league title in 30 years.
However, according to French news outlet RMC Sport (via Get Football News France), Liverpool are keen on adding another young prospect to their ranks in the form of Brazao.
The 17-year-old, who can play as a left winger and an attacking midfielder, was a regular for Nice in pre-season but has only made one substitute appearance for Patrick Vieira’s side.
The source claims that Liverpool are weighing up making a bid for Brazao, who has two caps for Portugal’s Under-19s side.
It is also claimed that Liverpool’s approach for Brazao will see the club snap the player up early ahead of their rivals, similar to how the Reds went about signing Minamino.
Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Sporting Lisbon are all thought to be keeping tabs on Brazao’s progress.
Elsewhere, Serie A side Roma are reportedly interested in taking Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri on loan until the end of the season.
Switzerland international Shaqiri has struggled for game time this season through a combination of injury and his status in the Reds’ pecking order.
Reports claim that Roma, who are looking to fill the gap left by Nicolo Zaniolo’s knee injury, could offer a loan move to Shaqiri including an option to buy at the end of the season.