With the summer transfer window already open, Liverpool could be about to plug a soon-to-be Emre Can-sized hole in their midfield with the signing of Monaco midfielder Fabinho.
That is according to L'Equipe journalist Bertrand Latour, who sent Liverpool twitter into a frenzy on Monday evening with a tweet claiming the 24-year-old, who can also play at full back, 'should' sign for €55m plus add-ons.
A defence-minded midfielder is seemingly among the transfer priorities for Liverpool this summer, particularly with the imminent exit of Can, who is set for a medical with Juventus later this week.
Napoli's Brazil-born Italy international Jorginho was thought to have been the priority target for the Reds, but his apparent preference for rivals Man City means Liverpool will have to look elsewhere, with Latour claiming that Fabinho is next on the shortlist.
Following Latour's initial tweet, Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport backed up the rumours of Liverpool's bid on Twitter, claiming that "negotiations are underway" with the player "very interested".
Monaco’s Fabinho is #LFC’s first-choice target as their midfield anchor. Club have been working quietly to finalise a deal and are confident of doing so.— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) May 28, 2018
Fee: €45 million + potential €5m in add-ons pic.twitter.com/sO3ow9liya
Popular Liverpool journalist Melissa Reddy also claimed Fabinho is the Reds' "first choice" midfield target, but estimated the fee in the deal at an initial €45m, while the Mirror's David Maddock claimed the deal could even be completed as early as Tuesday.
Fabinho, once a target of rivals Manchester United, is more than likely to make a summer exit from his current club Monaco this summer after being denied the option to move last year when his title-winning teammates Kylian Mbappe, T
While his exit would surprise no-one, whether Fabinho's next destination really is Liverpool remains in doubt, with another recent report from France (this time from Le10Sport) claiming that Europa League winners Atletico Madrid were close to a €35m deal - notably less than any of the reports regarding Liverpool's offer.
The former Real Madrid B player made 34 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco in 2017/18 and scored seven goals. Known for his versatility, he is an adept passer and made the third most tackles of any player in the French top flight last season with 114.