Manchester United & Liverpool set sights on Lazio star

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Manchester United and Liverpool are locked in a four-way fight to sign Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva this summer.

According to talkSPORT, the 27-year-old will become the subject of an intense transfer battle between clubs in England and Italy, with Juventus and Napoli also monitoring the player's situation closely.

Candreva is still part owned by Udinese, who are looking to sell their 50 per cent stake in the Italy international for £5.8million - giving him an overall valuation of £11.6million.

Edoardo Reja is eager to keep Candreva at Stadio Olimpico beyond the end of 2013/14, but faces stiff competition for his signature with David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers preparing rival bids.

The fact that Candreva is also holding out for a pay-rise of around £750,000 a-year to stay put raises further doubts about his future at Lazio, as he looks to use alleged interest from Anfield and Old Trafford as a bargaining tool for forthcoming negotiations.

With eight goals in 30 appearances in Serie 'A' in 2013/14, Candreva would strengthen both Manchester United and Liverpool squads were he to complete a transfer when the window reopens in the summer.

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