Liverpool look to have lost out in their pursuit of highly rated Osasuna left-back Nacho Monreal, who is set to sign for Malaga according to talkSPORT.
The 25-year-old Spaniard has reportedly agreed a deal with the ambitious La Liga outfit who recently splashed out on the services of former Manchester United hitman Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Having been bought by a member of the Qatar royal family last year, Malaga now have sufficient backing and retain big plans ahead of the new season.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is said to have pinpointed Monreal as the man to fill the problem left-back position at Anfield, and made an initial enquiry as to the possibility of a summer switch to the Reds back in March.
The £5million-rated Spanish international was regarded as a cheaper option to Monreal's compatriot Jose Enrique who is holding out for a move from Newcastle United.
But having already lost former striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool in the January transfer window, the Magpies want to negotiate another lucrative offer from the Reds.
Director of football Damien Comolli has been busy searching for prospective transfer targets, and made a personal scouting trip to run the rule over Monreal, which resulted in him being fast-tracked to the top of the club's shopping list.
Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have so far shown they are prepared to back Dalglish in the transfer market, with the recent addition of England U21 international Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.
And they may now have to dig deeper into their pockets again as the Anfield club turn their attention back to alternative targets after Monreal intimated he has chosen to stay in Spain.