After being frustrated in their chase for 25-year-old Alisson, Liverpool are to return to Roma for midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, according to a Daily Mirror report.
Despite being only 21, the starlet has earned three caps for his country and is expected to be the fulcrum of the Azzurri side for many years to come.
Pellegrini made his name during two seasons and fifty-four appearances with Sassuolo as they established themselves in Serie A and enjoyed a short-lived foray into the Europa League during 2016-17.
So far this season, he has grabbed three goals in his 30 appearances.
His contract expires in 2021 and contains a £28m release clause, a ridiculously low figure in today’s market.
The Giallorossi know this is well within the Liverpool budget and Jurgen Klopp would sanction a healthy salary increase on what the midfielder currently earns in Rome.
The German is investing heavily in his midfield, knowing that he is set to lose another influential midfielder when 24-year-old Germany international Emre Can walks away from Anfield on a free transfer.
With Philippe Coutinho leaving for Barcelona in January, Klopp wants to resolve the holes in his midfield with Naby Keita, 22, arriving from RB Leipzig in an already agreed deal.