£20m Liverpool defender target contacted over move

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Liverpool defender target Rolando is being chased by two Barclays Premier League clubs, according to the player's agent.

The Porto centre back has been heavily linked with an Anfield switch in recent weeks, and now Peppino Tirri has confirmed that two clubs from England have made contact with him over a potential move.

The Daily Mirror intimates that Liverpool have been joined by Manchester United in the race for the 25-year-old, who is valued in the region of £20 million.

“Two English clubs have asked about the subject with me but the decision rests with Porto. Rolando is a very talented player and it’s normal big clubs are interested,” said Tirri.

A Portuguese international with 10 caps to his name, Rolando began his career at Belenenses before moving to the Estádio do Dragão in 2008. The player's reputation has continued to grow in the Portuguese Liga, attracting interest from across Europe.

Liverpool boss Kenn Dalglish has been linked with a number of defenders since the close of the January transfer window, and is expected to make an addition in the position come the end of the current campaign.


Both the manager and Damien Comolli, director of football at Anfield, have suggested that major signings will be made in the summer, with a left back, winger and central midfielder also thought to be on the Liverpool wish list.

Fenway Sports Group, the owners on Merseyside, proved in January that they are willing to back the Liverpool legend-come-manager financially, and should the Scot stay on at the club then the Americans will again be asked to dig deep into their pockets.

Whilst the valuation is high, Rolando would represent a long-term investment at a time when the Reds are looking to replace their aging back line at the club.

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