According to Italian publication Calicio Mercato Web, Liverpool have approached AC Milan regarding highly-rated forward Jeremy Menez, with the Serie A outfit willing to cash in on the Frenchman, who they acquired only a season ago.
The former Paris Saint-Germain star would return a significant sum having signed on a free transfer last year, with the Milan-based outfit expected to command a fee in the region of £10.5million - a price Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers may be willing to pay as he looks to bolster his attacking options at Anfield.
The Northern Irish manager is keen to strengthen his squad after the £49m sale - price reported by the Guardian - of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, with the Calicio Mercato Web report suggesting that negotiations are going well given the good relationship between the clubs following the sale of Mario Balotelli last season.
What do the stats say?
Menez made 32 league appearances for AC Milan last season, recording an impressive 16 goals - more than any Liverpool forward managed during the same period - and 41 key passes, including four assists. The 28-year-old's exploits saw him named man-of-the-match on seven occasions, as his side finished the campaign placed 10th in the Italian top flight.
As well as his finishing, the Frenchman is renowned for his passing and dribbling ability - this is evident in the statistics. He completed 83% of his attempts to find a teammate last term - averaging 36.8 passes per game - while he found success in 66 of his 128 attempts to take the ball past an opponent - a 52% completion rate.
Considering his experience at the highest level of the game, Menez could prove to be a very useful signing for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool. In the peak years of his career - last term was his highest-ever scoring season - the Frenchman could help to replace the flair and creativity lost with the departure of Sterling to Manchester City.