'El Pantera' will not be new Torres partner

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Liverpool and Manchester City target Lucas Barrios has revealed he is flattered with the interest in him but wants to stay with Borussia Dortmund.

Barrios has been in sensational form scoring nine goals in just 14 games this season as Dortmund stormed their way to the top of the Bundesliga.

But, ignoring the reported interest from Anfield and Eastlands, the Paraguayan has admitted he finds interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid a compliment.

However the striker, who is rated at around £15 million, insists he is only thinking about his future at the German side.

Barrios is in Spain preparing for a Europa League clash against Sevilla and told newspaper Marca: “Right now I owe Dortmund but clearly I am proud of the interest of Real Madrid.”

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson and director of football strategy Damian Comolli have reportedly shortened their list of transfer targets down to four players in the last week.

New Liverpool owners NESV will now want to start negotiations as soon as possible so they can get results on the board as soon as possible.

A striker to partner Fernando Torres is high on the list of priorities for Liverpool and Barrios will be a better choice than the likes of Carlton Cole in the eyes of John W Henry.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are preparing for life without skipper Carlos Tevez by looking at potential targets elsewhere.

Barrios and Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko have been mooted by Roberto Mancini and now, after the former ruled out a switch to the Premier League, Manchester City are likely to re-kindle their interest in the latter.

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