Alan Dzagoev has emerged as a summer target for Liverpool, according to reports from TuttoMercato.

The Russian playmaker has risen to prominence at CSKA Moscow over the course of the past few years, and was one of the stars of Russia’s EURO 2012 campaign.

He has been consistently linked with a switch away from his homeland in recent times, yet a big move has failed to come to fruition.

The 23-year-old is most comfortable in a central attacking role, but he has also proven to be effective from a wide position and has even been dubbed his nation’s answer to Lionel Messi in the past.

Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers is known to be looking for signings to take his side to the ‘next level’ with Champions League qualification for next term looking all but sealed, and it is thought that Dzagoev is a desirable target.

The silky attacker possesses a wealth of European experience having represented CSKA in continental competition on a number of occasions and has also helped his side claim the Russian league title last year.

Tottenham have been linked with Dzagoev in the past, and may re-visit him if he is available this summer.

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