Liverpool are reportedly pursuing Athletic Bilbao teenager Aymeric Laporte.
According to footmercato.net, Paris-Saint Germain are also considering a move for the highly-rated defender, who has been drafted into the Bilbao first team squad aged just 16.
Such is his potential, Los Leones have written a buyout clause of £15 million - according to tribalfootball.com - into the contract of the French youngster in an attempt to ward off any suitors.
With plenty of room to improve and develop, Laporte would fit with the ethos of Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV) in their quest to bring the cream of young European talent to Merseyside.
Liverpool appear to be trawling continental academies in pursuit of future Anfield heroes; with moves for Valencia starlet Paco Alcacer and Maccabi Tel Aviv's Omri Altman also said to be in the pipeline.
NESV have identified the development of young players at their Academy as a priority - tasking Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli with identifying precocious stars.
Comolli is renowned for having an eye for talent in its infancy - something which Liverpool Academy director Frank McParland paid testament to.
"His [Comolli's] philosophy is to bring through young talent and he's since told me that we will be seeing a lot of him here at the Academy," he told the official Liverpool website.
"That can only be good news for us. He has a strong interest in young, elite players and we are already in the process of looking to sign some very talented teenagers.
"He has a great network in Europe and when you combine that with what we already have in place here, it promises to be very exciting times for us."
Liverpool have also been linked with moves for Ipswich wonderkid Connor Wickham and Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they look to build a squad to challenge for honours in the future.
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