Liverpool face Benitez battle for €15m midfield star

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Liverpool appear to face competition from former manager Rafael Benitez for the services of Yann M'Vila.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Napoli - now managed by Benitez - have turned towards M'Vila after apparently cooling their interest in Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons and Radja Nainggolan - with the latter having joined AS Roma on loan from Serie A rivals Cagliari earlier this week.

The same reports also state that the player's current club, Rubin Kazan, expect to receive €15 million for the 23-year-old.

Defensive midfielder M'Vila joined the Russian Premier League outfit back in January and has largely impressed for Rinat Bilyaletdinov's side at Kazan Stadium.

Such form has seen him become the subject of transfer rumours, with reports earlier this week suggesting that Liverpool were ready to make a bid for the France international.  

Brendan Rodgers has thus far masterminded a successful 2013/14 campaign, with Liverpool having performed largely above expectations and sitting fourth in the Premier League table - just six points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

If Napoli and Liverpool were indeed to go head-to-head in a contest to sign M'Vila, it is unclear who would win such a battle between two clubs so evidently on the rise.

However, with the player's agent having confirmed that his client dreams of playing in the top-flight, that would appear to hand Liverpool and Rodgers a considerable edge as they seek to strengthen the squad at Anfield.

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