Liverpool are keeping a close eye on former Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo as they consider a potential move in the summer transfer window, according to the Evening Standard.
The daily newspaper claims that the Reds need English players to meet their UEFA quota for homegrown players in the Champions League next season and have identified the 26-year-old as a potential target.
While it is widely speculated that Jurgen Klopp will depart the club at the end of the current season, Liverpool have already initiated plans for the post-Klopp era, demonstrating their determination to sign a new center-back.
Adarabioyo is in the final year of his remaining contract with Fulham and will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Cottagers do not want to lose the highly-rated defender for nothing in the summer and are preparing a fresh deal offer for him to ward off interest from other clubs including Serie A giants AC Milan.
They have signalled their intent to restart contract negotiations after summer talks broke down and Adarabioyo remains open to staying at Craven Cottage and will decide his future at the end of the season.
He has been rock solid at the heart of defence for Fulham this season, helping the club to reach the semi-final of the Carabao Cup only to lose to Liverpool in a two-legged tie.
Tosin Adarabioyo has made 16 appearances and scored one goal for Fulham this campaign as they lie 12th in the Premier League table with 29 points.
He would be a good addition to the Liverpool squad due to his enormous experience in the top flight and could be a good replacement for Joel Matip whose contract expires in June.
Matip is currently sidelined for the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury sustained in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Fulham on December 3.
As of now, there have been no reported negotiations between the club and Matip, signaling his impending departure from Anfield in the summer.
Liverpool skipper Virgil van Dijk previously hinted at a potential Anfield exit when Klopp departs at the end of the season but has since denied such claims.
“It’s been taken out of context. To be 100 per cent clear, I am fully committed to the club,” the Netherlands international said.
“I love the club. I love the fans. [That comment] has fully been taken out of context. It’s not about me. It’s not about
“I’, it’s about ‘us’. Nothing has changed. Five days ago we weren’t even speaking about my contract so it’s a bit silly. My full focus is on making sure this year is a very special year.”
Liverpool are currently top of the league table and are likely to qualify for next season’s Champions League after missing out last term.