Liverpool face January joust for Portuguese defender target - reports

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Juventus are ready to rival Liverpool in the race for Zenit St Petersburg defender Bruno Alves according to talkSPORT.

The 29-year-old Portuguese centre-back joined the Russian outfit from Porto in a £20milion deal back in 2010, and is now being linked with another transfer.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has been credited with an interest in Alves, and is rumoured to be planning an offer when the transfer window reopens in January, in a bid to further strengthen his defensive ranks at Anfield.

Dalglish already has Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Sebastian Coates available in the centre of defence, and Alves would only add to an already impressive unit.

Liverpool were among the interested parties when Zenit eventually landed him last year, and have always kept track of his progress, but they will now face competition from Serie A, with reports in Italy suggesting Juventus have made Alves a priority New Year target.

Zenit will be looking to recoup most of the money paid for Alves less than 18 months ago, but are believed to be willing to accept £15million for a player who has struggled to settle in Russia.

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