Liverpool are being linked with a move for Turkish international centre back Semih Kaya.
Italian reports in Calcio Mercato claim the 21-year-old defender is being monitored by the Reds, with manager Brendan Rodgers considering his options at the back after a number of high-profile errors this season.
Nicknamed ‘the rock’ at Galatasaray, the six-cap international would be a likely hit with Liverpool fans at Anfield, with the youngster’s body-on-the-line style acting as a fine accompaniment to his ability on the ball.
However, Liverpool will face competition for the player’s signature from Manchester United, with Galatasaray vice-president Ali Durust confirming interest in Kaya’s services from Old Trafford a week ago.
“It is true to say that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had talked with our president about Semih,” he announced.
“He asked for the price of a possible transfer, but that question is yet to be answered.”
Kaya’s ability as a cultured centre back has led to comparisons with Spanish international Gerard Pique, who enjoyed four-years with Manchester United before moving back to Barcelona.
Liverpool will know if they are to beat the Red Devils to the player, they will have to pay good money, and Metro claimed that Kaya could command a fee in the region of £15 million last week.
That’s more than double the price paid for Martin Skrtel when he was signed from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008, but with different owners and management at the club, Rodgers could well see it as money well spent if he looks to replace the struggling Slovakian.