Liverpool are preparing a January bid for Arsenal and Barcelona target Romulo, according to the London Metro.
The Spartak Moscow midfielder - who has eight international caps for Brazil - has been identified by the Merseyside club as a short-term replacement for compatriot Lucas Leiva, after he was ruled out of action for two months with a knee ligament injury.
Romulo had initially been placed on Reds boss Brendan Rodgers's summer wish list, but injuries have meant he now wants to secure the South American's signature this month.
Reports in Russia suggest that the Anfield club have already made contact with Spartak, and will test the water with a primary £7million offer.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has also been credited with an interest in bringing the midfield enforcer to the Emirates Stadium, while La Liga giants Barcelona are additional admirers of the 23-year-old.
The former Vasco da Gama star is renowned for his excellent passing range, and is also able to operate in defence - attributes that will prove attractive to his growing list of suitors.
Tata Martino has used Javier Mascherano in a similar fashion at Camp Nou, and could rival Liverpool and Arsenal for Romulo's services.
Spartak would prefer to sell at the end of the season, but might be convinced to part with the player in January, if they receive an offer closer to £10million.
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