Liverpool are ready to make an approach for Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar if he turns down a new contract with the Nerazzurri this month.
According to 90min.com, the Premier League club are monitoring the Slovakia international closely and see him as a potential replacement for the injured Virgil Van Dijk this season, after his hamstring strain appears to be worse than initially feared.
Skriniar is out of contract at Inter this summer and whilst the Nerazzurri have proposed an extension and are keen to retain him, are ready to cash in should he reject their offer.
In order to avoid becoming embroiled in an auction against Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Newcastle United when he is a free agent in June, Liverpool are ready to pay a transfer fee now to secure Skriniar.
They would face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who fear losing Sergio Ramos to Al-Nassr, but hope to secure a deal with Inter should Skriniar reject a new contract.
Inter, meanwhile, would be willing to listen to offers to sell this month if Skriniar decides against extending his stay, to ensure they bring in a transfer fee for him.
It could also allow the Nerazzurri to avoid being forced to sell another important player before the end of June to balance the books, with wingback Denzel Dumfries currently the most likely candidate to leave amidst interest from Chelsea.