Finishing off this list is a Ligue 1 star that’s become regular transfer fodder for the tabloids this season and has been continuously linked with a potential Anfield move – disillusioned PSG midfielder Javier Pastore.
Despite being purchased from Palermo for £35million in summer 2011 and since racking up a decent return of 24 goals and 16 assists in 90 appearances for the French Champions prior to this season, the managerial arrival of Laurent Blanc has seen the Argentine make just eleven starts in Ligue 1 this term. His current situation draws loose comparisons with Juan Mata’s final six months at Chelsea.
But the 24 year-old was one of Serie A’s top performers during his time with Aquile, and could be well worth the punt for an English club in need of a playmaking midfielder with Champions League and international experience. In regards to Liverpool, Pastore has been lined up as a potential ‘marquee signing’ to add goals and creativity in the middle of the park.
The 13-cap Argentina international’s market valuation has dramatically slumped throughout the season; in the summer, he was rated at £40million by the tabloids, but through the course of the campaign, his price-tag is believed to be somewhere closer to the £15million mark.
Pastore looks certain to leave in the summer and could provide the Champions League quality to solidify the Reds as a top-four club next term. But competition for the South American’s signature could be fierce, with Tottenham and several Serie A sides said to be interested.