With Arsenal channelling their funds into an English record bid for Declan Rice, Liverpool could be allowed a free run at midfield target Romeo Lavia.
The north London club have bid an initial £100 million for the 24-year-old, with a further £5 million in add-ons, as they prepare to make him the most expensive English player in history.
It is a statement of their intent, and comes amid further moves for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber and Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz.
Those moves could bring their total outlay to £200 million and likely close their spending for the summer – which may, if reports are to be believed, boost Liverpool.
“Liverpool can be really quick because they don’t have a lot of things to do,” he claimed.
“They said they will make an offer, everyone is confident that it will be the case, if it’s not this week, it will be next week.”
That could, in theory, make Liverpool the front-runners for any deal for Lavia, who is not at the U21 Euros this summer after injury ruled him out for Belgium.
Whether Tavolieri’s claim holds up remains to be seen, though sporting director Jorg Schmadtke has been working in the background when it comes to various potential deals for midfielders.
For supporters, though, the overriding concern could be that Arsenal, on the back of a title challenge with Man City, are readily spending £200 million on three first-choice starters while Liverpool are still weighing up their options.