Liverpool target Blaise Matuidi has had a £7million valuation slapped on him by current club Saint Etienne, according to the Mirror.
Matuidi has impressed for the French club since joining from Troyes and was handed the captain’s armband by former Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin last season.
New Liverpool Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli has now identified the 23-year-old as his first target since taking the role at Anfield.
Roy Hodgson is keen to bring in new blood to help with Liverpool’s resurgence up the table and new owner John W Henry has insisted the club will only spend bit money on young players.
Matuidi would fit that bill and would add competition for new signings Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen, who have failed to impress so far in a Liverpool shirt.
Matuidi has also been linked with Italian club Juventus but has admitted his interest in a move to Anfield, saying: “It is nice to know a club like Juventus is following you or asking about you.
“(But) the league that would suit me best is the Premier League. This is due to tactical, cultural and physical reasons, and the atmosphere in the stadiums.”
Matuidi has played just once for the French national team as he was one of the first players called up by new manager Laurent Blanc and was touted as part of the future of French football.