Liverpool make Madrid defender enquiry

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Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol could be on his way to the Premier League this summer with Liverpool and Manchester City reportedly vying for his signature, according to the London Metro.

The 26-year-old Spanish international has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place at the Santiago Bernabeu under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho, and is poised to leave at the end of the current campaign.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is expected to be busy in the transfer market again come June, and is set to continue the rebuilding project at Anfield that has so far cost Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group close to £115million.

However, the club may struggle to convince Albiol to move to Merseyside ahead of other interested clubs that will be able to offer the lure of Champions League football.

Liverpool currently lie in a lowly eighth place in the Premier League table, 16 points adrift of the Champions League qualification places, though they have guaranteed entry into next year's Europa League competition by virtue of last month's Carling Cup final success at Wembley.

Meanwhile, Citizens boss Roberto Mancini would be able to meet that expectation of top-tier European football as he looks to bring him to the Etihad Stadium, in an attempt to further strengthen his squad ahead of a renewed push for Champions League glory next season.

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