Liverpool defender target Cristian Ansaldi wants a move away from Russia, according to the player’s agent.
The Rubin Kazan left back, who can also play on the right side of defence, has been impressing in the Russian Premier League, and agent Pedro Aldave claims Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have taken an interest
"There has been some informal market interest from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. As for Milan, there were only indirect contacts with other agents,” Aldave told calciomercatoweb.it.
"His contract with Rubin Kazan expires in December 2012 and he has no buy-out clause. Cristian wants to go away. [Luciano] Spalletti wanted him to join Zenit in this market session but he just wants to go abroad. He would love to play in England, Italy or Spain.
Liverpool have been linked with a string of left backs in recent months, with Kenny Dalglish reportedly searching for a long-term replacement for Paul Konchesky. The former Fulham defender is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from the Merseysiders, and is set to make a permanent exit this summer.
Fabio Coentrao, Taye Taiwo and Jose Enrique have all been speculatively placed on the Anfield outfit’s transfer wish list, and Asnaldi is the newest name to add to the list.
The 24-year-old has one cap for Argentina, earned in 2010, and moved to Kazan from Newell’s Old Boys for €3.6 million back in January ’08.
Whilst the player’s current valuation is unknown, Liverpool boss Dalglish has hinted that there is money to spend in the summer and a number of potential player changes are on the cards.
A left back and winger are thought to be the priority for the Liverpool legend turned manager, and Ansaldi would appear to be another option for the Barclays Premier League outfit.