Highly rated Saint Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been consistently linked with a move to Liverpool, and the rumours will not seem to go away.
The 24-year-old French international has garnered a number of admirers for his comprehensive all-action displays in Ligue 1 this season, with his stock rising to the point he is now considered one of the hottest prospects in all of Europe.
Although slight in build, Matuidi boasts a blend of astonishing pace and clever reading of the game that allows him to influence matches, orchestrating play from the middle of the park.
He has been touted for a move to Anfield ever since the arrival of Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli.
Having spent time together in his former post at Saint Etienne, it is no wonder the Reds chief has been associated with a player he initially scouted for the French outfit.
While informal agreements between Comolli and his former employers meant that a January transfer was never on the cards, nobody was surprised when he dropped Matuidi's name in an interview about the mad deadline day merry-go-round that saw Fernando Torres depart Anfield with Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll arriving on Merseyside.
"When you find yourself handling three of the biggest transfers in English football history in the last days of the market, precise figures allow you not to do that blind," Comolli told the Liverpool Echo, in regards to the use of statistics and empirical data in player recruitment.
"In France, all the figures prove that the player who wins the most possession at the feet of his opponents is Blaise Matuidi. That is an extraordinary strong point. When the team plays high, it means a goal chance," he continued.
Liverpool were heavily linked with a mid-season move for Matuidi in the January transfer window, but after a deal failed to materialise it is anticipated that the Reds will be back in for their long-term target this summer.