Liverpool are set to hijack Fiorentina's move for Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet by making a £22.3m bid, according to ​Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 21-year-old had been a target for the Serie A club in recent weeks but they have reportedly been warded off by Anderlecht's £22.3m valuation - paving the way for Liverpool.

Praet's agent Jacques Lichtenstein has previously revealed the midfielder's desire to move away from Anderlecht, talking up interest from big-name clubs.

"What can he gain by spending one more season at Anderlecht where he has already played for three years and has contributed to three back-to-back league titles?" he told Voetbal International - ​via the Express.

"Dennis will not just play for any club - he can join the likes of Valencia, Liverpool, Arsenal or Atletico Madrid."


Praet, who has played 24 times for Anderlecht this season, was linked with a move to Arsenal from former club Genk in 2010. But the then 16-year-old turned down the Gunners in order to remain in education.

"I was 16 when I went to do a test at Arsenal," he revealed. "I played a match with the reserves, I visited the training complex and I went through training with the first team. I never met Arsene Wenger.

"The move to Arsenal fell through because I gave priority to school, 100 per cent absolutely to I wanted to finish my school and at Anderlecht I could make the perfect combination."

But now it would appear the Belgian could be on his way to Arsenal's Premier League rivals Liverpool.

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