AS Roma have slapped a £37million price-tag on the head of midfielder Miralem Pjanic in the hope that it fends off interest from Premier League side Liverpool.
The Reds will be active in the summer transfer window and at the top of their transfer agenda is a central midfielder to replace outgoing Steven Gerrard.
The club captain has already announced he is leaving his boyhood club and is set to join MLS side LA Galaxy at the end of the season, ending his long association with the Merseyside club.
As well as Gerrard leaving, there are hot reports that Lucas Leiva could also be on his way out of Anfield, with Napoli and Inter Milan both keen on bringing him to Italy.
So with two likely to leave Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers and the club's officials are keen to make sure replacements are lined up, and it seems Pjanic is at the top of their wish-list.
Rodgers has recently been in Italy on a reported scouted mission, although it hasn't been revealed who exactly he was watching and why he was even out there in the first place.
According to some reports, Rodgers wants to watch three players in Serie A ahead of potential summer moves.
Pjanic is the main target but the manager also wants to watch Radja Nainggolan and also Keita Baldé Diao.
With interest in the Bosnian midfielder reported around Europe, Roma have moved fast to try and dent the deal by slapping a whopping price-tag on the 24-year-old's head. Roma will only sell the play-maker to Liverpool if the English side cough up £37m, which would make him the club's most expensive transfer, previously held by Andy Carroll at £35m.
As well as offering £37m for the transfer, reports are suggesting that Liverpool could offer Pjanic a contract worth around £160k-a-week, which would also make him the club's highest ever paid player.