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Eric Abidal is a free transfer target for both Liverpool and Manchester City as he approaches the end of his Barcelona contract reports the London Metro.

The 32-year-old Frenchman is free to speak to clubs outside of Spain this month as he enters the final six months of his current deal at Camp Nou.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish reinforced his left-back department with the summer signing of Jose Enrique, who has impressed since his arrival at Anfield.

But with question marks over the long-term fitness of Fabio Aurelio, Liverpool are ready to hand Abidal a short-term deal that will bring him to Merseyside.

Meanwhile, City have Gael Clichy and Alexander Kolarov vying for the left-back position at the Etihad Stadium, but Roberto Mancini is still keen on increasing competition for defensive places by adding Abidal to his star-studded squad.

Barcelona have offered the defender a two-year contract extension to remain in La Liga, but with a number of major European clubs monitoring the situation, Abidal has asked for time to think about his future, reports L'Equipe.

His versatility to play right across the back-four is seen as another attractive proposition for both Liverpool and Manchester City, though neither club are yet to have made a formal offer.

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