Liverpool are keeping monitoring Spain international Raul Albiol, according to reports.
Money problems at The Mestalla could see Valencia forced to sell a number of their leading players and Albiol may be one of the first to depart .
Real Madrid are long-term admirers of the 24-year-old, who can play in central defence or as a holding midfielder, but Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has now sent his scouting network to observe Albiol.
Albiol is currently contracted to Valencia for another two years and has a huge buy-out clause of nearly £50million – although reports in Spain now suggest they could be willing to do a deal at £13million.
Valencia’s sporting director Fernando Gomez has admitted the club would have to consider any reasonable offers.
“Today it is necessary to study each offer that we receive and after that we would decide,” he told skysports.com.
“The money situation is complicated at the club, but formally nobody has spoken with us about Abiol.
“But we are aware that the Reds have been scouting around here in recent months.”