Manchester United & Liverpool dealt £16m Ferdinand replacement blow

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Manchester United and Liverpool have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of highly-rated Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna.

The 24-year-old centre back has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, with both Sir Alex Ferguson and Brendan Rodgers reported to have sent scouts to watch the player in recent months.

However, the five-cap Italy international insists he’s focused on life with his current Serie ‘A’ side, and has heard nothing concrete from his agent regarding the transfer rumours.

"I am in Turin - where else should I go? My agent has not called me about anything and we all know rumours go on this time of year," Ogbonna told Sky Italia, according to talkSPORT.

Liverpool were first linked with a move for the player back in October, with The Sun claiming that the former Crotone loanee would cost £16 million to bring to Merseyside.

Were Ogbonna to move to Anfield, he’d face competition from Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher and Sebastian Coated for a starting spot in the Liverpool line-up.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are said to be tracking the player as they prepare for life after Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford.

The veteran centre back is out of contract with the Red Devils at the end of the season, and is yet to decide on his next move.

The Daily Mirror claims that Ogbonna is ‘in the frame’ to be the former England international’s successor, and he’d compete with Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic for a place in the Manchester United side if a move were to take place post-Ferdinand.

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