According to reports in both England and Portugal, Liverpool are considering a January swoop for Benfica right-back Maxi Pereira.
The Uruguay international is approaching the end of his contract with the Portuguese champions and with no new deal on the horizon newspaper A Bola claims Brendan Rodgers could sign the 30-year-old on the cheap in the next transfer window.
But does he really need to? Surely if Liverpool are interested in Pereira they should instead look to sign him on a free just five months later.
After all, that is when they will be looking to replace Glen Johnson – whose time at Anfield seems to be drawing to a close. Currently they have Johnson and Javier Manquillo to compete for that position, while Jon Flanagan will also be returning from injury in due course.
If Rodgers really is keen on Pereira signing him now would make little sense, but agreeing a pre-contract agreement would see an experienced and talented option arriving for nothing in time for next season.
Of course it is simply speculation at this point, but when you consider the other areas Liverpool need to strengthen, buying another right-back at this point would raise more questions than it answers.