Liverpool could make a major addition to their midfield this summer, with recent speculation suggesting that the club are considering a huge £32 million bid for Arda Turan.
The Reds unfortunately bid farewell to their best player in the form of Luis Suarez last week, with the controversial Uruguayan completing a move to Barcelona following his latest ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Such a move - believed to be worth approximately £75 million - appears to have left Brendan Rodgers with a huge sum available to lavish on new players in the transfer market and, according to reports cited by The Daily Star, the club are prepared to match Turan's sizeable release clause.
As a rather vital member of a team that triumphed seemingly against the odds in La Liga and also progressed to the final of the Champions League last season, 27-year-old Turan is a rather popular figure at Atletico Madrid.
A tireless worker with good technical qualities, determination and an evidently strong passion for the game, it is easy to see how the former Galatasaray star might adapt to life in the Premier League.
Indeed, such admirable qualities would also surely make it difficult for Atletico to part with one of their prized assets during what has already been a difficult summer for Los Rojiblancos.
While manager Diego Simeone will undoubtedly have been encouraged by the addition of Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic and the commitment shown by the likes of Koke, the losses of Diego Costa, David Villa and Thibaut Courtois - as well as the ongoing saga involving the proposed exit of left-back Filipe Luis - will have come as a blow to their hopes of retaining the title next season.
But while Atletico will be able to directly influence Turan's future if a bid under £32 million for his services is presented, they will presumably be powerless to prevent his departure if Liverpool - or any other club, for that matter - do decide to go ahead and activate that aforementioned clause.
Manchester/United Arsenal competition?
Liverpool's apparent readiness to pay such an extravagant fee hints rather strongly at rival interest in Turan from elsewhere.
The Daily Express credits both Manchester United and Arsenal with a persistent interest in the Turkish international, although the report does not stipulate if either side's pursuit will lead to any concrete offers.
While Arsenal appear to have added an abundance of pace and creativity to their own attacking unit with the impressive capture of Barcelona and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez last week, Manchester United have already sought to improve their own midfield options with Ander Herrera arriving at Old Trafford from Athletic Bilbao in June.
Liverpool fans, meanwhile, will be hoping that the possible addition of Turan - should it come to pass - will not financially hinder their attempts to purchase a world-class striker capable of at least partly plugging the enormous void that will inevitably be left by Suarez's departure.
Rodgers has already completed the signing of one new frontman this summer in England's Rickie Lambert. While the addition of the native Merseysider will certainly add a new dimension to Liverpool's attack, he is probably not the man to rely upon as a direct replacement in the long-term.
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