Liverpool are planning to make an audacious swoop for AC Milan playmaker Ronaldinho, according to reports in Italy.

The 30-year-old Brazil superstar is supposedly on the radar of a number of top European clubs after becoming a peripheral figure at the San Siro and - according to Itasportpress - Liverpool are among those chasing his signature.

Ronaldinho - a Ballon D'Or winner in 2005 - would allegedly be available on a free transfer but Liverpool may be put off by his yearly wages of around £6.3 million.

A deal for the World Cup winner would represent a significant coup for Liverpool and would act as a message of intent from new Reds owners NESV that they mean business.

Ronaldinho's career moved into the next stratosphere when Barcelona beat Manchester United to his signature in a €32.5 million deal in 2003. And Liverpool are now being backed to do what their great rivals never could and bring him to the Premier League.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star is undoubtedly one of the best players of his generation, and would provide Liverpool with the added potency they so desperately crave.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is said to be on the lookout for a creative mind to partner Anfield hero Fernando Torres and has been linked with the like of Keisuke Honda and Eden Hazard.

Whether the Anfield club can pull of a shock deal for Ronaldinho remains to be seen, but Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli believes the Reds may surprise people in the transfer market.

"My feeling about it is that in this economic recession there are so many clubs that are in trouble abroad, more than England," he said.

"These clubs are under enormous pressure to sell. So this January window could be a very different window from what we have seen previously.

"Players that we would never have thought would be available could be. So that's why we are working away, thinking that if there is the right opportunity we should do it. Strange things could happen."

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