Arsenal target Mathieu Valbuena appears to have become the subject of admiration from Premier League rivals Liverpool.
According to sources cited by the Daily Mirror, the Marseille playmaker - who has reportedly been tipped with a move away from Stade Vélodrome either during the current window or in the coming summer - has emerged as a potential transfer target for the Reds.
29-year-old Valbuena, an experienced midfielder who has amassed over 200 games for Marseille during a seven-year stint with the Ligue 1 outfit, has made 16 league appearances under José Anigo this season - netting one goal and providing three assists in the process.
Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who still top the Premier League table heading into the second half of the 2013/14 campaign, have been linked with a potential switch for the French international in a calculated move to strengthen his midfield for a sustained title push at the Emirates Stadium.
However, it appears Arsenal, along with the likes of La Liga side title hopefuls Atletico Madrid and Serie A side Napoli, could now face competition from Liverpool for Valbuena.
Brendan Rodgers' side, who themselves have done brilliantly to keep themselves in the thick of the title race despite a recent spate of injury troubles, are evidently in need of reinforcements this month, with an apparent lack of depth looking like the only factor that will stop them from remaining in contention until May.
Valbuena, reportedly valued at around £10 million, would appear to be an extremely attainable target whose impressive technical ability in possession would surely improve both Arsenal and Liverpool moving forward.