Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s talks with Adrien Rabiot’s representatives have had “a lot of positives”.
It was claimed earlier this week that Klopp had made contact with Rabiot’s mother and agent, with a view to signing him from Paris Saint-Germain.
Klopp was interested in the midfielder while he was managing Borussia Dortmund and has kept a close eye on his development.
The 23-year-old has one year remaining on his contract in Paris, with Barcelona failing in their attempts to sign him this summer.
But Liverpool could enjoy more luck, with French journalist Julien Laurens, who broke the initial story, saying discussions have been “positive”.
“I don’t think it’s the first time Rabiot’s men have talked with people from the club,” he told The Anfield Wrap podcast.
“The interest from Klopp is even pre-Liverpool, and has been at Liverpool since Klopp was there.
“At 23, he is an incredible talent, and offers something different to what they already have.
“I think there have been a lot of positives so far in those contacts.
“There is a long way ahead but, if you look at Naby Keita, they played a blinder in getting him in early.
“You can see similarities with Rabiot and they may get a pre-contract agreement.
“That would then allow him to move to Liverpool on a free in the summer.
“Or they may even try and sign him for cheaper from PSG in January.
“But if Klopp realises he doesn’t need another midfielder – because it’s a position where they have a lot of talented players – he may try and sign him for free the following summer.”