Liverpool and Everton could be set for a pre-season Merseyside derby off the field as French outlet RMC Sport claim that the duo are going head-to-head in the race for Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe.
The Ligue 1 club do not want to sell their man, but the two Premier League clubs may still make a move, with Inter Milan also interested.
Who is he?
A 21-year-old central defender, Kimpembe can also play on the left of defence.
Having joined PSG at the age of nine, he has developed through the ranks and established himself as a strong option for the first team last season, with 28 appearances.
Whilst he is yet to feature for the French national team, he has been called up by Didier Deschamps on three separate occasions.
What would he bring to either squad?
More than anything, he would bring strength in depth. An assured defender, Kimpembe would add a good option to rotate the squad and will almost certainly continue his development to become a top defender given his hard working attitude.
Good on the ball, the youngster could fit in well in either side, though Liverpool’s less direct style of play may suit him better. He likes to move the side forward with short passes and quick counter-attacks, sometimes being reluctant to just retain possession at the back.
If he does have one weakness, it is his strength in the air. Often beaten by taller, more physical and more experienced centre forwards, he may need to work on that area of his game wherever he ends up.
Who should he sign for?
You could argue for both sides.
At Everton, Ronald Koeman is building an ambitious new project and Kimpembe may have few players standing between him and a place as first choice in the heart of defence in a pairing with Michael Keane.
Jurgen Klopp could also claim that, alongside Joel Matip and without Virgil Van Dijk, he could be very close to first choice and would battle with Dejan Lovren.
The opportunity to remain in the Champions League with the Reds may prove decisive if he does move away from Paris.