Liverpool are pushing ahead to sign Mateo Kovacic, report the website of Italian transfer guru Gianluca di Marzio.
This is despite the reported agreement for Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino, per The Guardian, with a £29 million fee said to be agreed.
In a report published after the Firmino news broke, Di Marzio claimed Liverpool are continuing negotiations with Inter Milan for Kovacic, who the Serie A side want £21.3 million for.
Surplus to requirements at Inter, the Reds will be hopeful of striking a deal for less, especially with a big outlay just spent on Firmino.
Kovacic is viewed as available with Inter looking to recoup funds having spent big themselves to sign Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco.
Do Liverpool need Kovacic and Firmino?
This is a good question, and one it is difficult to gauge the answer for until Brendan Rodgers sets the team up in his vision.
Rodgers can be difficult to predict, playing Emre Can in defence and Raheem Sterling up front last season, and even Firmino alone will have to joust for the playmaker spot with Coutinho.
Midifelders Adam Lallana, James Milner, Lazar Markovic, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen will all be competing for spots with Kovacic, and the issue may not be one of whether the Croatian and Firmino can co-exist, but whether the Reds need to spend the kind of money suggested on a player who may not be able to hold down a starting place.