If you believe what you read, then Liverpool are ready to blow a £32 million hole in the Anfield bank balance.
The man said to be in their sights, as they seek added creativity and attacking spark, is Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen.
They are not the only ones reported to be plotting a New Year rai, though, with Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain also keen.
A switch to the Bundesliga, given Dortmund’s current struggles, would make little sense, but Ligue 1 giants PSG certainly possess the financial muscle to get a deal done.
Liverpool would also appear to have funds burning a hole in the pocket of owner John W Henry.
All three potential suitors have, however, been warned by Spurs that they would be wasting their time in making an official approach, with Eriksen a key part of the long-term plans being drawn up at White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino said in quotes carried by Danish publication BT: “Of course we don’t want to let a player like Eriksen go.
“Our job is to keep him here for as long as possible, develop him into one of the world’s best in his position and then see what happens.
“There will always be interest in a player of Eriksen’s ability, but he is staying here.”
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Eriksen was snapped up by Tottenham in the summer of 2013 for a reported £11 million.
He was considered to be quite a coup, with leading clubs from across Europe having pursued his signature ever since he burst onto the scene at Dutch giants Ajax.
Still only 22 years of age, Eriksen has impressed in the Premier League and Spurs must prove that they can match his ambition if they are to ensure that talk of interest from afar remains nothing more than speculation.
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