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Ryan Bertrand subject of £7m Liverpool interest

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Liverpool are considering a bid for Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand, who is free to leave Stamford Bridge for around £7 million.

The Daily Express reports how the 24-year-old defender has been deemed surplus to requirements in west London after spending the second half of last season on loan at Aston Villa.

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Despite the recent departure of Ashley Cole and tendency to play Cesar Azpilicueta out of position on the left side of defence last season, Jose Mourinho seems happy for the former England U21 international to depart the club.

The Blues boss has been on the lookout for a new full-back this summer, and after failing in his attempts to sign Luke Shaw from Southampton has now turned attention to Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis.

No Chelsea future

Bertrand's future definitely looks like it will be served away from Chelsea, with Merseyside now looking like his most likely destination amid talks of a reunion with Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

Rodgers knows Bertrand well from his time as a youth team coach in Chelsea's academy, and wants to bring the player to Liverpool in a bid to strengthen his back line.

Liverpool have already completed deals for Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana this summer, and are looking to continue adding to their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League next season.

Liverpool left-back options

Left-back is an area the Reds are particularly short on cover, after Aly Cissokho returned to Valencia upon the completion of his season-long loan spell. Jose Enrique was sidelined by injury for the majority of the 2013/14 campaign, meaning Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan spent a large amount of time sharing responsibility on the left side of defence.

Chelsea were believed to be reluctant to deal directly with Liverpool again after the success that Daniel Sturridge enjoyed at Anfield following his £12 million move from Stamford Bridge in January 2013.

Deal likely...

However, it now appears that the Blues will lift their self-imposed ban and allow Bertrand to join Liverpool - possibly because they have not received any other offers for the unwanted defender.

Liverpool had been expected to complete the transfer of Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, but after failing to meet the Spanish club's £20 million valuation of the 21-year-old they have now turned their attention to alternative targets.

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