By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool have fallen behind in the pursuit of Ligue 1 ace Sofiane Boufal as Arsenal and Chelsea plan talks, according to a report.

Guardian journalist Ed Aarons has claimed on Twitter that Arsenal, Chelsea and Southampton will hold talks with Boufal’s agent this week over a potential transfer from Lille.

It is believed that Liverpool had scouted Boufal several times last season as Klopp looks to bolster his midfield.

However, their Premier League rivals are now leading the race for the signature of the 22-year-old with no firm movement from the Anfield club for the attacking midfielder.

His performances over the last year have alerted a host of Premier League clubs.

The Lille midfielder enjoyed a successful year in France in the recently completed season scoring 12 goals and providing four assists in 35 encounters helping his side finish in fifth place.

Such has been the success he has enjoyed over his first year at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, the club have already accepted that selling him in the summer is inevitable, albeit for a far greater fee than their initial outlay.

The Morroco international joined Lille for £3million from then-Ligue 2 club Angers in January 2015 signing a four-year deal and has made such an impact in the top flight that he is now rated at £19.6million by his club.

In other Liverpool news, Reds scouts recommended Sadio Mane to Brendan Rodgers two years ago and he was declined.