Liverpool are working diligently for Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani, and they have taken swift action amid reports that Xabi Alonso has handed in a transfer request.
According to Il Messaggero, a Liverpool emissary arrived in the capital on Wednesday night in order to engage the Italian international.
The report suggests the five-time European champions are ready to offer the player a deal as uncertainty over Alonso's future continues to grow.
The Reds will offer Aquilani a five-year deal, and they are ready to entice Roma into selling by making a €20million offer.
Coach Luciano Spalletti did admit Aquilani could be one of the players on his way out last week, and the club appear eager to cash in.
Reports in England this morning have further fuelled the Aquilani talk. The Times claims Alonso has handed in a transfer request in order to engineer a move to Real Madrid.
It appears the Spaniard's penchant for the new Galacticos has propelled the English side into making their move for the Italian.
Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com