Liverpool identify La Liga's Lucas-replacement

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Liverpool's efforts to sign Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita could be derailed by AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reports talkSPORT.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, the two players are friends both on and off the pitch, having previously played together at the Camp Nou.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has been credited with an interest in bringing Keita to Anfield in January, as the Liverpool legend looks to add to his ranks during the transfer window.

The two players are believed to have held multiple conversations regarding the Malian international's potential move to Merseyside, and the Swedish striker is trying to sway Keita's decision, and convince him to join him at the San Siro, at the expense of Liverpool.

There is no doubt that the 31-year-old is looking to leave Barcelona either in January, or at the end of the current campaign, as he looks for a fresh challenge and the opportunity to start more games.

Liverpool were linked with a move for the former Sevilla man in the summer, and Dalglish could renew his interest in light of the season-ending injury to Lucas Leiva, with Keita seen as a like-for-like replacement, who would adapt quickly to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League.

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