Liverpool are likely to step up their interest in Bologna playmaker Gastón Ramírez , after the club's president admitted he would not stand in the player's way of leaving at the end of the season.
The reds trailed the Uruguayan during the January transfer window and although no deal was done, the club could now move for him in the summer.
It depends more on Ramirez than us, you know the agreement we have with him, said Bologna's president Albano Guaraldi, according to Inside Futbol. If he receives an offer at the end of the championship, then we'll let him go.
In January we had proposals, but we didn't consider them and neither he, nor his agent, spoke out about it.
We understand his desires and expectations and even if things are as they are at the moment it's impossible to say no to big clubs that are the dream of all players.
Securing the 21-year-old's signature will not be straightforward, however, with Italian giants Juventus also said to be interested.
The left-footed schemer would fill a key creative role at Anfield, especially with Steven Gerrard's increasing injury troubles and move toward a more withdrawn midfield role.
Ramírez, who has scored five goals in 20 appearances in Series A this season, is under contract with Bologna until 2016 so would not come cheap. That should not present too much of an issue for Liverpool's American owners, though, who have not been shy in spending big since purchasing the club.
In the summer the club spent heavily on Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, and Charlie Adam after smashing their transfer record to secure Andy Carroll last January. Certainly the club's hierarchy will hope that if Ramírez signs he will make more of an impact than those four high-profile signings, who have struggled to make a significant impact since joining Liverpool.
Ramírez joined Bologna from Uruguyan side Peñarol in 2010.