LIVERPOOL are reportedly showing interest in Brazilian Thiago Maia and have registered a proposal with Santos.
The defensive-midfielder has become one the brightest young prospects in his native Brazil following his emergence at Santos.
Maia played an important part at Rio 2016 as the hosts took gold with a win over Germany on penalties in the final.
And his performances for club and country haven’t gone unnoticed with several teams keen to prise him away from Santos.
According to ESPN Brazil, Liverpool, Monaco, Schalke, Napoli and Zenit St Petersburg are all monitoring his progress.
The report claims the Russian outfit are the only club to have tested the water with a £15m offer, although their approach was swiftly rejected.
All of the aforementioned clubs are hopeful of landing the midfielder next month and Santos have not ruled out selling the 19-year-old if they receive a respectable offer.
Maia insists it is down to the club and his representatives to decide if he will leave his homeland though.
He said: ”I’m on vacation, it’s been a lot of work, but a very important year in my career, I was an Olympic champion and, in Santos, we had a regular season, the Sao Paulo title and the Brazilian runner-up.
“The Saints and my representatives decide if it’s time for a transfer.
“If it’s to stay, the supporters can rest easy, I want to repeat the good season, play Libertadores and be a champion.”
A move to Anfield would see him link up with fellow Brazil stars Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva.