Fresh links between Liverpool and Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho emerged on Friday, with a £15 million bid mooted.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to add another midfielder to his squad this summer, with both Udinese’s Piotr Zielinski and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud heavily linked.
But with moves for the pair stalling at the beginning of July, the German may have turned his attention elsewhere.
Along with a reported £12.8 million bid for young Croatian Ante Coric, Klopp is said to be eyeing a move for Camacho, the Spanish talent poised to leave Malaga ahead of 2016/17.
According to Spanish publication AS, new manager Juande Ramos could look to use the sizeable fee received for Camacho to further bolster his squad.
Camacho has a release clause of around £15 million in his current contract, and is also attracting interest from AS Monaco and Valencia.
Malaga purchased the remainder of Camacho’s playing rights from a third-party group in May, prompting speculation over a move away from La Rosaleda Stadium.
The 26-year-old, who joined Malaga from Atletico Madrid in 2011, would provide a different option to Zielinski and Dahould, but his tough-tackling brand of midfield play would bolster Klopp’s ranks significantly.
With Lucas Leiva‘s future on Merseyside still up in the air, Klopp could begin the season without a natural defensive midfielder, and Camacho could solve this issue.
At around £15 million, Camacho would represent good value for the Reds, with the one-cap Spain international entering his prime years.
Whether AS are a reliable source when it comes to Camacho’s future, however, is questionable.
But with the Zaragoza native available this summer, Klopp could do much worse than trigger his release clause and bring him to Anfield.