Liverpool are set to sign Porto full-back, Ricardo Pereira, despite the £22m star being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Ligue 1 club, Nice, and has made 22 appearances over all competitions this season alone.

The versatile Portuguese international can also play on the wing, which is handy.

Apparently, Liverpool have been scouting Pereira while he’s been in France and are impressed, although they face competition from Inter Milan and, of course, Arsenal.

Saying this, Arsene Wenger did recently deny that the Gunners were plotting a £20m for Pereira, not that this often means much with the boss.

Porto are reportedly willing to sell the star since he’s out of contract in 2019 and they obviously realise they could cash in on him in the summer.

A full-back who can play on the wing could be handy, especially if we do end up selling Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy. Having back-up for Hector Bellerin would be rather nice.