AC Milan are set to go head-to-head with Liverpool for Mamadou Sakho, according to reports.
Liverpool have been on the lookout for defensive reinforcements ever since Jamie Carragher called time on his illustrious career at the end of last season.
Although the addition of Kolo Toure on a free transfer from Manchester City helped plug the gap at the heart of Brendan Rodgers' defence, the Reds are still keen on Sakho, who has spoken publicly of his desire to secure a move away from current club, Paris Saint-Germain.
Liverpool looked like they were favourites to land the 23-year-old defender, though AC Milan's interest could throw a spanner into the works, as Sakho's head is likely to be turned by the prospect of playing for the Serie A giants.
Liverpool have already lodged a bid worth £8 million for Sakho, as Daniel Agger continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.
However, should AC Milan overcome PSV Eindhoven in the qualifying stages and secure Champions League football this season, the Italian giants are set to firm up their interest with a formal bid, which could put an end to Liverpool's hopes of landing the French international.
Meanwhile, reports suggest Rodgers' side are on the verge of landing Sakho's compatriot Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan, having agreed a deal with Valencia.
He is expected to complete a move to Anfield this week, with the option of making the switch permanent next summer - if all parties are happy with the deal.