Liverpool has targeted a shock swoop for Chelsea centre-back Alex as manager Kenny Dalglish looks to solve his side's defensive problems.
It had been thought that full-back Jose Enrique, brought in from Newcastle last week in a £6m deal, was to be the Merseyside club's final transfer of the summer but Dalglish is reportedly eager to recruit a centre-half before the window shuts.
It is claimed Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are prepared to find the money so the manager can bring in another defender, particularly after Daniel Agger picked up another injury and the side's shaky defensive problems in pre-season.
According to Fanatix.com, Liverpool have already held unofficial talks with Chelsea over a proposed £12m move for Alex and it is thought negotiations are going in the right direction.
The Reds had been linked with a move for Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross but the decided to drop their interest when the Potters refused to lower their £18m valuation.
They have now reportedly set their sights on Brazil international Alex, who was replaced in the first-team in January last season when David Luiz was signed from Benfica.
Liverpool have focused their transfer policy this summer on recruiting younger players who will have long-term futures at the club but Dalglish is prepared to abandon that position to bolster his defence with a proven centre-back.