Liverpool have reportedly made a bid for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, but it has been claimed that he is more likely to seal a summer switch to either Arsenal or Manchester United.
The France international has shot to prominence this season after a string of imperious performances for club and country, and is expected to leave the Route de Lorient at the end of the season.
According to tribalfootball.com, Liverpool have made their move to sign the highly-rated 20-year-old as they look to bring a combative midfielder to Anfield during the transfer window.
Reports add that Rennes are holding for £18 million for their prized asset and, with Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli known to be a fan of M'Vila, the Reds are expected to test the resolve of the Ligue 1 side.
However, according to Sport.co.uk, Liverpool will miss out on the Frenchman should Arsenal and Manchester United formalise their interest - and both clubs are expected to do so.
Like Comolli, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have also been outed as admirers of M'Vila, with both managers having sent scouts to file reports on the youngster.
Should Liverpool, Arsenal and United all reach an agreement with Rennes in terms of M'Vila's asking price, then the player will allegedly opt for either Old Trafford or the Emirates Stadium in order to fulfil his ambition of playing regular Champions League football.
Both Arsenal and United will be able to offer just that to the Frenchman next season and, despite the recent Liverpool resurgence under Kenny Dalglish, they are unlikely to secure a place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.