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Replace Sakho? Liverpool Reps Fly Out to Watch £35m International Star

Liverpool ready make summer move for one of Serie A’s most coveted central defenders Kostas Manolas, but face tough competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, according to reports

The Reds are in need of quality centre-back as summer signing Ragnar Klavan failed to make an impact at Anfield.

The France star Mamadou Sakho has been rejected by Jurgen Klopp due to disciplinary issues and was sent out on loan to Crystal Palace in January.

Liverpool boss reportedly sent spies to check on the commanding the 25-year-old star in the Europa League against Lyon in Rome on Thursday – and he was impressed.

United boss Jose Mourinho, meanwhile,  has supposedly turned his attention towards Manolas after attempts to bring Victor Lindelof to the club stalled.

The Red Devils fans may not be so sure they need a new centre-half after Erik Bailly’s and Chris Smalling’s recent performances, but reports continue to suggest the Special One is looking to improve his defensive options in the summer window.

The Gunners had also been looking since the start of the January for another senior centre-back but the situation has gathered urgency following the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel.

With Calum Chambers and new signing Rob Holding as are still young and developing, Arene Wenger may have to dip into the transfer market to bolster his defensive ranks.

The £35million-rated Manolas has been key player for Roma making 120 appearances in all competitions since moving from Olympiacos in 2014.

The 27-time capped Greek national, whose contract at Roma expires 2019, missed only 8 games through injury for his entire career – something might be really important for Premier League sides.


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