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Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea face battle to sign France international

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Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea face competition from Roma for centre back Philippe Mexes, according to the Sun.

The French international is currently in the last year of his contract at Stadio Olimpico and has been offered a new deal.

However, he has revealed he will decide his future when the season ends, giving his potential suitors a welcomed boost.

Arsenal are currently in the market for a new central defender, with just four players competing for two spots.

New Gunners signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci are currently first choice at the Emirates Stadium but have struggled to settle into life at Arsenal.

Thomas Vermaelen is currently injured for the long term, with Johann Djourou having been a fringe player throughout his time with the Gunners.

Liverpool are also interested in bringing a centre back to Anfield, with doubts over the long term future of Jamie Carragher plus rumours Daniel Agger is set to quit the club.

Liverpool do not have a lot of money to spend on the amount of players manager Roy Hodgson wants so if they could do business in the summer for bosman players owners NESV would be willing to fund other big name signings elsewhere.

Chelsea, similarly to London rivals Arsenal, have a shortage of centre backs on their books, with that exposed while skipper John Terry was missing.

Sunderland went to Stamford Bridge and scored three goals while Chelsea could not manage to beat Newcastle or Birmingham either.

Ricardo Carvalho was sold in the summer and the club look to be suffering after Carlo Ancelotti failed to bring a replacement to Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Liverpool’s director of football strategy Damian Comolli have unrivalled contacts in France so look to have the edge on the other interested teams.

And Mexes indicated he is open to a move away from the Italian capital, saying: “I won't decide my future until the end of the season. But I want a good project where I am fighting for titles rather than money.”

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