Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly in hot pursuit of Roma defender Philippe Mexes.
With discussions breaking down between the France international and his employers, Mexes will seemingly be available on a free transfer in June when his contract expires - which has also alerted the likes of AC Milan and Bayern Munich.
According to the Mirror, Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race for the 28-year-old as both clubs look to bolster their respective defences in the summer.
The Mirror continues to allege that Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli believes he can beat off Arsenal and lure Mexes to Anfield with an attractive proposal - although whether or not the Reds can guarantee the experienced centre-back regular football remains to be seen.
Liverpool already have the likes of Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger at their disposal so are not in desperate need of another high-quality centre-half, although they remain keen to add reinforcements when the transfer widow reopens.
However, the priority for Liverpool still remains the acquisition of a recognised left-back and Comolli is understood to have earmarked a number of potential candidates to join the Anfield club.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are known to be in the market for fresh defensive blood in the summer after questions were again raised over the consistency of the Gunners' current crop.
Arsene Wenger has also seen injuries blight his defence this season - with Thomas Vermalen struggling to overcome a long-term Achilles complaint and Johan Djourou suffering a dislocated shoulder - and is expected to invest at the end of the season.
Along with Mexes, Arsenal are also reportedly monitoring Bolton's Gary Cahill and it has been claimed that they will have battle with Liverpool for his signature.
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