Brazilian midfielder Willian has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Liverpool, reports David Maddock in the Mirror, but the Reds could face competition from Manchester United.
A recent report by Reuters revealed Anzhi Makhachkala's billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov was scaling back his investment, which prompted talk of a fire sale.
A host of big-name signings are being made available, with Willian among them.
A report in the Express suggested Manchester City were leading the race for the midfield creator, but Willian has been alerted to talk of a potential bid from Liverpool, and it is something that interests him.
Maddock quotes Willian as saying:
There are conversations, and I am hoping in the next few days for an offer from a club like Liverpool.
If it is Liverpool, then they are a great club. The news came as a real shock, but I’m calm about it and hoping for the best, because I’ve been told they will help the players to go, if they get a good offer.
I am hoping there will be something from Liverpool, because England has a league that I’ve dreamed of playing in.
If Liverpool are to lure Willian to Anfield, they may have to fend off interest from archrivals Manchester United, claim Daily Mail scribes Chris Wheeler and Sami Mokbel.
In their piece, they write:
David Moyes has entered the race to bring £30million Brazil attacking midfielder Willian to the Barclays Premier League.
The Anzhi Makhachkala player has already attracted the interest of Liverpool and Tottenham, but Manchester United could hijack those deals.
Liverpool are in advanced discussions with Anzhi regarding a move for the 25-year-old and remain confident of landing him. But United have now made their own enquiry and Old Trafford is believed to be Willian’s preferred destination.