Liverpool facing Serie 'A' scrap for Cole replacement

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Liverpool are reportedly facing competition from Juventus in the race to sign Gael Clichy.

The French international full back is stalling on a new contract in north London, and Liverpool are thought to be interested in bringing the player to Anfield according to talkSPORT.

Clichy joined the Gunners in 2003, and would eventually replace Ashley Cole as the club's left sided defender when he left for Chelsea. With his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2012, a number of clubs are thought to be pursuing the player though.

"I do not know yet [what the future holds for me]. For the time being only I want to think about the present," Clichy told L'Equipe.

Kenny Dalglish has hinted at a number of changes in the summer, with defence thought to be a key area of concern for the Liverpool legend.


Paul Konchesky is poised for an exit from Merseyside after finding himself out of favour following the exit of former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, and left back is believed to be a priority for Dalglish at the end of the summer.

Oscar Wendt, Jose Enrique and Taye Taiwo have all be linked with a Liverpool switch in recent weeks as speculation mounts over the problem position, and it remains to be seen which player the Scot will chase hardest.

The north London club's valuation of the player is unknown, but Liverpool proved in January that they are willing to spend big to bring the right players to Anfield.

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