Liverpool defender target Davide Santon is being linked with a summer exit from Inter Milan.
The Italian international is thought to be on the radar of a number of Barclays Premier League clubs, with Liverpool chief Kenny Dalglish one of those taking a keen interest in the player.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs have also been linked with the player, dubbed the 'next Paolo Maldini', and the player's agent confirmed that whilst a move is unlikely this month, it could be a different story in the summer.
“I think it is really difficult for the player to move during the January transfer window particularly with the new coach (Leonardo) joining Inter," Renzo Contratto told Sport.co.uk.
“It is difficult now but in the summer a move is a possibility."
Santon's versatility is one of his strongest assets, but the player regularly plies his trade in the left back position and is likely to play here wherever he moves too. Liverpool would almost certainly look to use the player in that position.
Glen Johnson is currently filling-in after Paul Konchesky's poor form at Anfield, and Dalglish is thought to be searching for a replacement at Liverpool amidst reports that the former Fulham man could return to Craven Cottage.
Whilst a January signing is likely to be the priority for the Merseysiders, the apparent availability of Santon in the summer transfer window could lead to Liverpool waiting before making a move for a player in that position.
€10.5 million could be enough to prize the player away from the San Siro, but with competition so fierce Liverpool may have to pay in excess of that figure to secure the signature.