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Marcos Rojo linked with £13m Liverpool move

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Marcos Rojo is certainly a player in-demand this summer, with Liverpool the latest club reported to be plotting a move for the versatile Manchester United target having become frustrated with their pursuit of Alberto Moreno.

The Reds have been frequently linked with a move for Moreno of late, with speculation last week suggesting that the Reds had finally agreed a £16 million fee with Sevilla for the transfer of the Spanish full-back after protracted negotiations.

However, recent comments from the La Liga outfit's president Jose Castro appeared to suggest that there is no agreement between the two clubs and now reports cited by The Daily Express claim that Liverpool will now turn their attentions to a £13 million offer for versatile Sporting Lisbon defender Rojo. 

Hot property

24-year-old Rojo has become hot transfer property in recent months, with a succession of solid displays during Argentina's recent run to the World Cup final seemingly endearing him to a number of potential Premier League suitors.

Southampton - who have seen a number of their key performers depart over the course of the current transfer window - are believed to be admirers of Rojo, while reports on Tuesday suggested that Manchester United had launched a move of their own to bring the player to Old Trafford.

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Manchester United/Liverpool battle

Liverpool's apparent interest in Rojo would certainly appear to make a great deal of sense with regards to the club's current transfer needs.

Left-back became somewhat of a problem position for Brendan Rodgers during an otherwise successful 2013/14 campaign, with Jose Enrique lost to a knee injury in November and new Aston Villa signing Aly Cissokho hardly proving himself a capable deputy during his loan stint at Anfield.

Rojo's ability to play at centre-back is surely what appeals to Louis van Gaal, meanwhile, with the new Manchester United manager notably short on quality defensive options following the losses of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.

With Van Gaal also set to play a 5-3-2 formation during his debut campaign at Old Trafford, Rojo's attacking instincts could also see him slot seamlessly into one of the wing-back roles.

If both Manchester United and Liverpool do each submit bids for Rojo, it will be intriguing to see which of these two classic rivals he holds in higher regard.

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