£20m-plus Liverpool offer 'will be studied' for defender target

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Liverpool defender target Rolando could be available for transfer this summer.

The towering Portuguese international centre back has been linked with a number of Barclays Premier League clubs in recent months, with Reds boss Kenny Dalglish thought to be showing the most interest in the former Belenenses player.

Dalglish is thought to have highlighted a number of players in a variety of positions with a view to potential transfers, with a centre back, left back, winger and attacking midfielder thought to be high on the Liverpool agenda.

With an aging back line and Sotirios Kyrgiakos reportedly heading for an Anfield exit, Rolando has emerged as a key target for the club and Porto president Pinto da Costa has revealed the club will listen to offers.

"If any club is interested we will study their offers, if they are above the release clauses. But the idea is to keep our players because they are all under contract," said Da Costa.


It's reported that Liverpool face competition from Manchester United in the race for Rolando, who's release clause is believed to be £20 million, according to The Metro.

Liverpool have the funds available, with owners Fenway Sports Group proving in January that they are willing to back the manager financially with the signings of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.

The Americans appear set to be called upon again, although tying manager Dalglish to a long-term contract at Liverpool is likely to be the Merseysiders' first aim.

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