A £30 million bid for Samuel Chukwueze from European champions Liverpool was reportedly rejected by Villareal during the January transfer window, according to France Football.
The 20-year-old Nigerian recently signed an extension to his contract until 2023 that increased his buyout clause to €100m (about £84.37m).
That, however, didn’t stop Jurgen Klopp from trying for the Nigerian but the bid was rejected out of hand by the Spanish LaLiga club having failed to trigger his release clause.
The Anfield boss is looking to bolster his forward line to provide adequate cover for Mohamed Salah with Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri having fallen down the pecking order.
And the German believes the left-footed Chukwueze has the pace, trickery and penetration to make the difference for the Reds.
Chukwueze, 20, has taken Europe by storm since he made his Villarreal debut last season.
The Nigerian who models his game on Dutch great Arjen Robben has been touted as one of the most promising youngsters in world football.
He has scored four goals and provided four assists this season and was reportedly the subject of an undisclosed bid from Chelsea.
He was part of the Super Eagles squad that won a bronze medal at the 2019 AFCON and scored in the 2-1 quarterfinal win over South Africa which also saw him named MOTM.
According to the reports, Liverpool are expected to come back in the summer for the 2015 U-17 World Cup winner, who has also been linked with a host of Europe leading clubs including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.