Liverpool battle Milan for Barca star

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Liverpool may have to go up against AC Milan if they want to land Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.


Keita is reportedly one of a handful of Barcelona players heading towards the exit at the Nou Camp as part of a summer clear-out, with Liverpool said to be in the driving seat to land the Mali international in the summer.


The arrival of Cesc Fabregas at the Nou Camp over the summer served only to push Keita further down the pecking order, while the emergence of Thiago Alcantara means his chances are likely to be extremely limited in the future.


However the 32-year-old could be tempted by a switch to the San Siro rather than Anfield in order to get more game time according to Sport, with Barcelona reportedly ready to offer Keita to Milan as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva.


Keita had previously hinted he would be prepared to move to Merseyside having described Liverpool as a ‘great club with great players’, however Sport say he may now have his heart set on a move to Italy rather than the Premier League.


Keita reportedly wants deal that will see him through to the end of his career, and while Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is said to be keen on bolstering his midfield ranks, the fact that the Barcelona midfielder is closer to the end rather than the star of his career may put the Scot off.


After the departure of director of football Damien Comolli last month it was reported that the Anfield club would continue their pursuit of young talent in the transfer market, something that would rule out an approach for Keita.


Russian club side Anzhi Makhachkala have also reportedly made their interest known, however a deal with Milan is becoming an increasingly favourable option for the former Sevilla midfielder.

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