Blackburn Rovers are planning an audacious £20m bid for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic reports the Daily Mirror.
The move will come as a shock to Barclays Premier League rivals Liverpool who have also been linked with a summer swoop for the 27-year-old Serie A star.
Rovers' new Indian owners Venkys want to splash their cash in a similar fashion to that of their Anfield counterparts NESV, who showed their financial commitment to helping Liverpool football club return to its former glories when they spent over £75m in January on Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
Ewood Park chiefs now want to make a marquee signing of their own in an attempt to raise the clubs profile, but they have been left frustrated so far having failed with recent bids for high profile stars such as Ronaldinho and David Beckham.
The summer will see a slight change in strategy as Blackburn aim to spend big on top-notch talent capable of pushing the club towards becoming a European force.
Vucinic is a proven goalscorer and has relevant European experience having played in the Champions League.
With only two years remaining on his contract there could well be an opportunity to tempt Roma into selling one of their star players rather than losing him for nothing further down the line.
However, Vucinic is one of the club’s top earners, and so Blackburn will have to offer the player improved terms on his current £70,000-a-week wages.
Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Vucinic in the January window before the signings of Suarez and Carroll, but talkSPORT report that Kenny Dalglish is a firm admirer and may still renew his interest in the summer to further add to the Reds’ attacking options at Anfield.