Liverpool planning raid for Argentine defender - reports

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Liverpool are reportedly considering contesting Juventus in the race for Catania defender Matias Silvestre.

According to Italian TV service Mediaset Premium, the Reds and Juve are both pursuing the Argentine centre-back, who could leave the Stadio Angelo Massimino for around €5 million.

Silvestre's price-tag is tempered by the fact he only has one year to remain on his contract, so Catania may be forced to cash-in should Liverpool come knocking.

Catania general director Pietro Lo Monaco recently claimed Liverpool had lodged an interest in signing the 26-year-old, but it would now appear Juventus will try to scupper any potential move to Anfield.


Although the acquisition of more potent goalscoring options is a summer priority for Liverpool, the Merseysiders are also thought to be keen to bolster their back-line - with Silvestre one of several candidates to join the club.

Liverpool have also been linked with versatile France international Mamadou Sakho, while Scott Dan is also on the Anfield radar.

However, a more pressing issue for Liverpool is the signing of a new left-back, with Newcastle's Jose Enrique the favourite to join Kenny Dalglish's side.

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