Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has put long-term admirers Liverpool on red alert by revealing he is 'open' to a transfer.
The 32-year-old, a Champions League winner with Inter, would add steel to the Reds midfield and help fill the void left by the departed Steven Gerrard.
And Motta, quoted in The Metro, has expressed his unhappiness at remarks made by PSG's president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he is not for sale.
Motta responded: "I know my importance in the team, but the club don’t think like that.
"I respect what the president has said, even if I don’t agree with him. The transfer window is open. We’re going to see – I’m open to every situation.
"We have to find an agreement for the good of the club. The important thing is not me, the hierarchy, or the players. The important thing is the club.
"I don’t like to speak like that – I always talk about the team. But now we have a situation where I have to think about myself."
Brendan Rodgers is believed to be a fan of Motta, and the club could make a bid before the transfer window shuts.
The likelihood of any deal for Motta though is largely contingent on whether Liverpool can finally agree a deal with Real Madrid for Asier Illarramendi.
If Illarramendi does arrive, it's unlikley the Liverpool board will also sanction a move for Motta.
But as of Tuesday no deal has been confirmed, with the latest, as per The Express, being that the deal is edging towards completion.
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