Anfield boss after teenage Brazilian.
Liverpool and Tottenham are battling for Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas.
Lucas, just 19, is one of the hottest properties in South America and has been earning rave reviews for Sao Paulo.
The Brazil international is wanted by Liverpool, Spurs and AS Roma ahead of the January market.
Sao Paulo will only consider letting their star player leave if they receive a bid in the region of £20m when the transfer window re-opens in January. (Tribalfootball)
Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli is said to be keen on Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas and given that the Anfield club’s board has been happy to hand Kenny Dalglish over £100m for new players in 2011 it seems likely they would have no qualms splashing out for more young talent, but is £20m a fair fee for a player of 19 who has yet to play outside Brazil.
There is no doubting that the goal scoring midfielder is a talent who has great potential, after all the teenager is already a regular in the full Brazilian national team, but that asking price may not be met by Liverpool, or indeed any other prospective party.
Dalglish and Comolli have cleverly invested over the past year, with an emphasis on youth, bringing the likes of Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Sebastian Coates all of whom are 24 or under. The Merseyside club have also chosen to bring in youthful talents to populate their reserve and academy sides to play alongside those coming through the ranks.
The signings of Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey from QPR and Charlton Athletic respectively, may well turn out to be hugely intelligent deals and with youngsters like Martin Kelly, John Flanagan, Jack Robinson and Jay Spearing becoming regular first team players it does seem that Liverpool are planning for the future.
Lucas could potentially be another youngster to plan for the future with but perhaps only if Sao Paulo are willing to haggle over the price.