Lazio, keen to find some extra attacking power, especially down the flanks, have, since January or so, turned their attention to Liverpool’s Bobby Adekanye.

Once touted as being close to signing for the Serie A side, the young forward has yet to do so, but Corriere dello Sport on Thursday suggest it might not be too far off.

They state the negotiations between the parties are ‘still open’, as the 20-year-old is free to choose his future going forward, set on leaving Anfield on a free in the summer.

Igli Tare, Lazio’s director of football, has been following the winger for months and has ‘upped the financial offer’ in order to try and convince him to choose the Italian club for next season.

For the Serie A club, it would be seen as a ‘coup’ and an ‘investment’, a player they can nurture, much like they did with Balde Keita, and then likely sell for a large profit down the line.

Yet to feature for the first team under Jürgen Klopp, Adekanye has played 13 times for Liverpool’s youth teams this season, scoring three goals and picking up two assists.