Liverpool are planning an audacious £38million bid for Everton’s Ross Barkley this summer, Daily Star reports.
The Reds are set to start a bidding war for the 20-year-old, who is also an interest for Manchester United and Chelsea.
The England midfielder has had an amazing debut season in the Premier League, earning rave reviews along the way.
His performances have helped guide Everton to their current position of fourth, which will bring Champions League football to Goodison Park next year.
He is also in line for the World Cup, and reports suggests that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a huge fan of the attacking midfielder.
However Everton are looking to keep Barkley, hoping to sign him on a long term deal and a significant pay-rise.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has also said that he would reject any bid for Barkley, but a large enough offer could tempt the Toffees hierarchy to part ways with their young star.
On a personal level the move is unlikely, with Barkley being an Everton fan and the club set to play in the Champions League next season.
But if Arsenal were to beat the Toffees to fourth, Liverpool would have a much better chance of signing their man.