Liverpool are plotting to steal Argentinian wonderkid Juan Manuel Iturbe from under the noses of their rivals, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
Brendan Rodgers however wants to ensure that it's Anfield where he next plies his trade and so is eyeing a smash-and-grab move for the youngster at the end of this month.
The 21-year-old, who is currently on loan with Serie A side Verona, has impressed with his attacking guile in recent months and is heralded as having a big future ahead of him.
Liverpool face strong competition for the Porto starlet, but it's rumoured that his parent club are willing to let him go for a few of around €16million, with a move likely at the end of the season.
If sources are to be believed Rodgers is keen to pip his rivals by agreeing a deal before this month is out, in a pre-contract agreement that would see Iturbe tied to a move to Merseyside when his loan with Verona finishes.
The Italian outfit are likely to provide a stiff challenge, with Barcelona and Inter Milan also in the fight for his signature, but Liverpool chiefs remains confident of getting their man.