Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to continue his summer spending spree by launching an €8m move for PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali, hoping to take advantage of a breakdown in relations with the Dutch giants to land one of Europe's most exciting teenagers.
That is according to Voetbal International, who believe Liverpool are prepared to pay more than the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Valencia in a bid to add strength in depth in attack and take their outlay for the close season beyond £60m.
Rodgers to carry on spending
Reds boss Rodgers has already made moves to soften the blow of Luis Suarez by adding four players to a squad gearing up for a Champions League return next season, including the attacking talents of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.
Bakkali would be a very different, more raw option though and something of a gamble for Liverpool in terms of attitude and temperament, after a difficult few months at PSV.
Promise in abundance
The 18-year-old winger was sensational for PSV during the first half of last season, but barely featured in the final few months of the Eredivise campaign after flatly refusing to sign a new deal.
Bakkali scored a hat-trick last season in only his second Eredivise match last August and definitely fits the profile of an exciting Rodgers player, full of pace, power and the ability to drive into the final third and create chances or take chances to shoot.
PSV are acutely aware that they are facing a race against time to fetch a decent fee for the Belgian star of Moroccan decent and are therefore willing to reluctantly accept €8m for the starlet this summer, which is handy for Liverpool because they are currently the only club who want to match that valuation.
Rodgers has delayed in adding a second Belgian at Anfield because he is pouring over a number of potential transfer targers, including Bakkali's potential long-term international team-mate Divock Origi, mindful that while there's plenty of money to spend it will not be wasted.
The Reds lost their first pre-season friendly to Brondby this evening as life without Suarez begins for the Merseyside giants, but rest assured that Rodgers won't panic and his interest in Bakkali is another sign that Liverpool are building for the long-term rather than chasing solely established stars ready to deliver next season.