Chelsea and Liverpool look set to miss out on Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura, with Inter Milan looking the strong favourites to clinch his signature, according to talkSPORT.
The 19-year-old Sao Paulo midfielder is currently earning rave reviews in his homeland and has been rewarded for his impressive displays with call-ups to Brazil's national team.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has been credited with an interest in bringing the South American sensation to Anfield this summer, but will face stiff competition from Stamford Bridge.
There is still an element of doubt surrounding the long-term future of interim Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo, but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to draw up a shortlist of prospective summer transfer targets, so as not to miss out on any potential acquisitions.
However, neither Premier League side is yet to make a firm offer for Lucas, which could pave way for the Serie A giants to hijack the move, after Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni admitted the player is one of the club's top targets.
The Italian boss told newspaper Corriere dello Sport: "He is a world class player. For me he is one of the most interesting talents on the transfer market today and would be great for us."