The agent of AS Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour has confirmed that Liverpool have made contact with the French club to discuss the possibility of signing the highly-rated centre-back this summer.
That's according to talkSPORT, who carry quotes from the Tunisia international's representative Abdelkader Jilani, who claims the Premier League giants - as well as several other top European clubs - are keen on recruiting his client when the transfer window reopens in just over one week's time.
Abdennour has impressed during his time in the Principality, establishing himself as one of the Ligue 1 outfit's star performers, and for that reason head coach Leonardo Jardim will be determined to keep the player at Stade Louis II next term.
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However, Jilani reckons Monaco will not stand in the 25-year-old's way should an attractive proposition present itself, with a host of Serie 'A' suitors as well as admirers in England and Spain already mentioned.
"There are clubs who have approached us and who will enter into contact with Monaco," he explained in an interview with Foot Mercato. "There is AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Liverpool.
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Juventus - they've already seen Monaco. I don't think that Monaco will prevent Abdennour from leaving."
Brendan Rodgers' alleged interest stems from the many shocking displays delivered by his defence at Anfield last season as Dejan Lovren - a £20 million signing from Southampton last summer - failed to reproduce the kind of form that earned him a glowing reputation at St Mary's.
Long-serving stars like Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure also under-performed, meaning the Liverpool boss is looking for further reinforcements at the heart of his back line, and Abdennour appears to have been identified as one of those targets.
Barcelona will not be able to recruit the Tunisian this summer due to the transfer ban they are currently serving, but with widespread interest in the player's signature the Reds still have a difficult challenge on their hands to convince the Monaco man to move to Merseyside.
It remains to be seen whether they'll win the race to land him, especially as unlike other suitors they can only offer participation in Europe's second tier competition - the Europa League - as a result of the club's disappointing sixth place finish in the Premier League last term.
Liverpool fans: Do you think Aymen Abdennour can solve the club's defensive problems at Anfield in 2015/16? How much would you be willing to pay for the AS Monaco stopper? Have your say in the comment box below…