Liverpool have been linked to an audacious transfer move for Chelsea’s Brazilian starlet, Lucas Piazon.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder was one of the best players at the Under 17 World Cup in 2011, soon after he joined the Blues from Sao Paolo.
Much was expected from him as he began his Blues career, but he was unable to prove he is worthy of a starting berth in a team that now boasts players like Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Oscar in the positions he excels in.
As a result, Piazon was loaned to La Liga side Malaga, where he has shown glimpses of his ability, but failed to set La Rosaleda alight.
Earlier this month, Brazilian news outlet Lancenet revealed that Piazon has caught Liverpool’s eye, suggesting that the Reds believe they can ignite him in the Premier League in the same way they did his fellow Brazilian youngster, Coutinho.
Like Piazon, Coutinho had failed to make his mark at a big club, but proved his quality while on loan in La Liga at Espanyol.
Since the rumour surfaced in Brazil that Liverpool are keen on Piazon, it has gathered pace in Europe as well.
Chelsea fans will be loath to lose such a promising player, and will hope that the club’s 2012 Young Player of the Year returns to Stamford Bridge as scheduled, once the Spanish season ends this weekend.
Liverpool meanwhile, would consider his signing a major coup if they could achieve it, and will use their January swoop for Daniel Sturridge as a reference point.
England striker Sturridge stagnated on the bench at Chelsea, but since his move to Anfield has become the quickest Liverpool player to reach 10 league goals, and some Blues fans are wondering how their club allowed him to leave so easily.
It remains to be seen if the new Chelsea manager, expected to be Jose Mourinho, has a place for Piazon at Stamford Bridge. If he doesn’t there will surely be one for the player at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Slovakian defender, Martin Skrtel, admits he could leave the club.
Skrtel endured a patch of poor form, and was usurped by veteran Jamie Carragher in the heart of Liverpool’s defence alongside Daniel Agger.
The Reds are reportedly scouring the market for a top class central defender, meaning Skrtel’s place in the starting line-up remains up for grabs.
And he says that after his “worst Liverpool season” he may need to find a new club.
"I have not had any specific offers but if some should come and they interest me, I would probably consider it seriously,” Skrtel said.
“I am not saying that I want to leave at any cost. I feel sorry for what happened in this season. But I have been here for five and a half years and I have built a position here.
"It was one of the worst seasons in my career and certainly the worst during my time at Liverpool. After the game at Manchester United, the coach decided he wanted to change the team and justified to me that we lacked the organisation and defensive leadership personality. That was Carragher.”