In demand Torino center-back Angelo Ogbonna has revealed that he is flattered to be linked with a move to Liverpool. The Italy international earned rave reviews for his performances in leading the Turin club back to Serie A last season and he has begun this campaign back in Italy’s top flight in similar vein.
The 24-year-old, who was a non-playing member of his country’s Euro 2012 squad, has said that could be tempted by a move to Anfield.
"It is flattering to be linked with Liverpool Football Club, one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he told Sky Sports. “It's very famous.
"However, my contract with Torino expires in 2016 and I like Torino as a club. But you never know."
Ogbonna is not the only player to have been discussing the prospect of a move to Liverpool. Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen has frequently been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs in recent seasons, since turning out for Denmark in the 2010 World Cup as the youngest player in the tournament.
The 20-year-old has stated that he wasn’t currently contemplating a move, however.
“It is great that such big clubs are interested," Eriksen said, according to Sky Sports.
"It is very special for me but I am not contemplating various transfer scenarios in any way at the moment."
While Eriksen said during the summer that he would remain in Amsterdam for at least the next season, he has still yet to elaborate on his plans beyond that point.
“We don't really know right now,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “It all depends on how the season unfolds."
Another attacking midfielder whom Liverpool have been linked with in recent times is Malaga’s Isco. The 20-year-old is seen as a future star of Spanish soccer and enhanced his reputation with two fine goals on Malaga’s Champions League debut against Zenit St Petersburg last month.
With Malaga’s well-publicized financial problems, the likes of Manchester City, Juventus and Liverpool have all been linked with a cut-price move for the Spain Under-21 international. However, the club’s sporting director Mario Husillos has said that Isco will not be allowed to leave for anything less than his €21 million (£17m) release clause.
“We want to keep him here but you all know there is a buyout clause in his contract,” he told TuttoMercatoWeb.com.
"So, if a club pay the clause, it does not depend on us anymore."
Liverpool are also said to have Arsenal’s unsettled winger Theo Walcott firmly on their radar. The England international has turned down an offer of a new contract at the Emirates and as things stand will be available on a free transfer next summer. Liverpool, along with Manchester City and Juventus, have even been linked with a cut-price move in January.
Walcott’s future looks increasingly precarious with Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood claiming that the club will not increase their offer.
“We have got our general overall wage structure and we are not prepared to break it for anybody,” he told the Daily Star.
“We have made an offer which he didn't think was acceptable and that is the end of it. We think it is a very reasonable offer.
“For the moment his people are still talking to us and we hope it will be resolved. But don't ask me when, because I haven't a clue.
“I hope that he will eventually come round and sign. It will be a pity if he does not, but the whole issue of pay for footballers has got totally out of hand and they don't get terribly well advised a lot of the time.”