Real Madrid could make a surprise summer swoop for reported Liverpool target Adel Taarabt, it has been claimed.
The mercurial playmaker has enjoyed a sensational season for Queen's Park Rangers - weighing in with 19 goals as the west Londoners secured promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
And now, according to Metro, Real and Liverpool are both chasing the 21-year-old, who is expected to be the subject of attention from several clubs during the imminent transfer window.
It has been alleged that the Morocco international has told teammates at Loftus Road that Jose Mourniho is in hot pursuit, but whether a move comes to fruition remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Taarabt maintains a connection with Liverpool via Damien Comolli, with the latter responsible for bringing the young attacker to English football with Tottenham in 2007.
Now director of football at Liverpool, Comolli is said to have been impressed by the maturity Taarabt has displayed since joining QPR, and is pursuing the possibility of luring him to Anfield.
Taarabt would certainly be an interesting proposition for Liverpool, with the club known to be keen to bring players with a creative spark to Anfield prior to next season.
Should Liverpool strike a deal with QPR then Spurs will reportedly reap the benefits after negotiating a 50 percent sell-on clause when Taarabt left the club last summer.