Liverpool look to France for creativity.
Liverpool are believed to be plotting a £10m swoop for Olympique Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
The 21-year-old has drifted in and out of the team this season, with coach Claude Puel often preferring Yoann Gourcuff ahead of the Bosnia international.
Pjanic, a creative midfielder with an eye for goal, has only started twelve league games this term and is reportedly growing disillusioned with life at Stade de Gerland.
Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli is an admirer of the player’s talents and rumoured to be keen on striking a £10m deal with the Ligue 1 outfit.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish would certainly welcome the addition of a diminutive playmaker, whose vision and passing ability could create chances for strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
The youngster certainly fits the bill, but the £15m price-tag attached to the player could prove a stumbling block.
Liverpool owner John W Henry has expressed his willingness to build a talented young side at Anfield and will provide a substantial transfer kitty to mount a Premier League challenge next season.
If Lyon fail to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, the club may be forced to sell Pjanic in a cut-price deal.
Miralem Pjanic is a player whose career has stagnated somewhat.
Two years ago he appeared as if he would be some kind of miraculous improvement on sliced bread, but has only completed 90 minutes in Ligue 1 on four occasions this season.
Capable of playing in the trequartista role behind strikers, or on either flank, Pjanic has plenty of time to improve at just 21 years of age.
He has decent technique and intelligent movement, but his dedication has been called into question somewhat by some observers.
If he knuckled down under Kenny Dalglish he might be a welcome addition to the Anfield ranks.