Liverpool are interested in Genk starlet Sander Berge, but may be forced into a bidding war by Napoli.
The Reds have already faced Genk twice in the Champions League, with Berge reportedly impressing boss Jurgen Klopp.
Serie A side Napoli have also reportedly watched the 21-year-old, with reports of an £18million bid set to follow.
Sporting director Dimitri De Conde did little to quash the speculation by confirming both sides are keen on making a deal happen, and Liverpool ‘follow him carefully’.
De Conde told Radio Punto Nuovo: “If Napoli has already blocked Berge? I read it and it’s not like that. Napoli are interested in Sander and it’s is a possibility.
“We also know Liverpool follow him carefully. Klopp spoke to the boy after the Anfield game, congratulating him on the performance.
“In Italy there are clubs that follow Berge and Napoli could be one of these, but to date we have no concrete offers on the table. It could even change in the coming weeks.”
The central midfielder, who will be familiar with fans of FIFA 20 game given his potential rating on the game, is contracted to Genk until 2021.
But De Conde stressed his side will try to hold onto the player until at least the end of the season.
“Berge to Napoli in January? We don’t know. We are currently fighting for our seasonal goals and we are in a complicated situation,” the Genk chief explained.
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“Our intention is to hold on to Sander until the end of the season, but we can’t make any predictions. If the big clubs come knocking at our door, we will have to start negotiations, just as the agent has to do.
“These are situations we can’t predict, we’re focused on our season, hoping to keep Sander until May. Then if a top club like Napoli is serious, we will sit at the same table to negotiate, it is logical.
“The current valuation of Berge? We do not talk about figures; we do not set a price at the moment. We will see when we find ourselves in a negotiation.”