Liverpool are set to bolster their squad with the signing of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic — staving off competition from Arsenal.
The Reds are currently six points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they go in search of their first league title since 1990.
To boost their chances, Jurgen Klopp is eager to add to his squad in January, and that looks likely to begin with the signing of Pulisic.
According to the Sun, Liverpool have made an opening bid of £45million for the USA international, who has had a hand in seven goals across 18 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund this season.
Arsenal had looked to rival the Merseyside club for the 20-year-old, but their bid of £35m has been dwarfed as the league leaders look to complete the deal swiftly.
Klopp is low on back-up options should any of his front three — Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane — pick up injuries, and the need for an extra option has seen them waste no time in trying to match the Bundesliga club’s value.
It is thought that a bid of around £50m would be enough to secure the deal.
Pulisic, who is also being tracked by Bayern Munich, has been capped 23 times by the United States.
He would, should he move to Anfield, be ineligible for Champions League action, having featured for Dortmund five times during their group stage campaign.
Unai Emery faces the prospect of losing Aaron Ramsey for nothing in the summer and needs a replacement for the Welshman.
The Gunners have been offered Denis Suarez by Barcelona as a possible successor for the former Cardiff midfielder, who is wanted by PSG and Juventus.