Liverpool 'confirmed' in race to sign Gunners' African defender starlet target

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Liverpool and Arsenal are confirmed challengers in the race to sign Daniel Opare.

The Ghanaian international defender has been linked with a number of Barclays Premier League clubs in recent months, and the player's agent has confirmed interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and a number of top English sides.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is thought to be in the market for a defender, and the Standard Liege 20-year-old os thought to be one of the players being monitored by the Anfield outfit.

Arsenal are also in the market for a defender, with Arsene Wenger admitting that the Gunners need to strengthen in the positiong due to an injury crisis taking hold of his Emirates side.

Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea are also thought to be interested in the player, who joined Standard Liege in the summer from the Real Madrid Castilla side.

“Yes. He is a great player. He is a right defender and can play right-midfield," a representative of the player told

"They call him the 'flying Ghanaian'. He is a great player, he is playing well and in the future we will see."

Liverpool are thought to have money to spend following the arrival of NESV as the club's new owners at the end of the summer.

Dalglish is thought to have targeted an attacking foil for Fernando Torres as the priority at Anfield, but the Liverpool manager is keen to strengthen in a number of core positions and Opare could provide the answers in defence.

Arsenal boss Wenger is also thought to have money to spend following the announcement of bumper profits in north London at the end of last year.

The Black Stars starlet developed his skills as part of the famed Ajax academy during his teenage years, and the French professor could look to get the best out of the 20-year-old at Arsenal.

Whilst a transfer fee or valuation is yet to be discussed, it's though that Liverpool, Arsenal or any of the clubs monitoring the player would have to pay in the region of £8 million to secure Opara's services.

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