Real Madrid and Juventus will face further competition from another European heavyweight in the form of Liverpool in their pursuit for summer additions to their respective squads.
Brazilian international Michel Bastos is the latest player in a long list of targets to be linked with a move to Anfield as the successor to Liverpool’s problem position at left-back.
The 27-year-old Lyon star can operate anywhere down the left hand flank, either as a defender or a midfielder – both of which are positions that Kenny Dalglish is looking to strengthen in the summer.
Liverpool Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli may favour a move for Bastos as a ‘safer’ option, as he knows the player well from his time spent in France.
The former Lille man has impressed following his €18million move to Lyon in 2009 and is seen as an ideal replacement for the outgoing Paul Konchesky who has been exiled to Championship side Nottingham Forest no sooner after he moved to Anfield just over six month’s ago.
Glenn Johnson has been temporarily deployed as a makeshift left-back with academy graduate Martin Kelly impressing in the right-back berth, but a long-term signing has been made a priority when the transfer window reopens in June.
Manchester United had also expressed an interest in Bastos although they appear to be out of the running after Patrice Evra committed his future to Old Trafford last week when he signed a three-year contract extension.
That news means Madrid - who were one of the clubs keen on luring Evra away from the Barclays Premier League may turn their attention back to Bastos if they fail in a bid to sign Benfica defender Fabio Coentrao, who has also been monitored by Liverpool in recent months.