Liverpool have ‘come forward’ for Atalanta defender Cristian Romero and are ‘studying the situation’ around the centre-back.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who say the Italian side want at least €50m to sanction a deal.

Romero has been in impressive form for Atalanta this season, establishing himself as a key man for them and the best defender in Serie A.

Atalanta are keen to get him signed to a permanent deal at the club, having already agreed a €16m option with Juventus to make that happen when he joined on loan last year.

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That does not mean Romero’s future is set in stone, though, with several top sides having shown an interest in him.

Manchester United are thought to be chief among them, with several reports indicating that they are willing to pay for the Argentine.

CM pull back on that front, however, and say that Manchester United are yet to make ‘concrete steps’ for Romero, and it is instead Liverpool who have ‘come forward’.

They are said to have been following the defender ‘for some months’ and are ‘studying the situation’ ahead of a possible move.

There’s no mention of how much they’d look to pay, but Atalanta will listen to offers they consider ‘interesting’, which would have to be around €50m.

That would be a high price for Liverpool to pay, particularly given they’ve just shelled out to sign Ibrahima Konaté from RB Leipzig.

His arrival makes it extremely unlikely they’d be targeting another big money center-back this summer, given they still have Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in their ranks.

Perhaps, then, this rumour is an attempt to flush out the competition and force other suitors, such as Manchester United, to step up their efforts.