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Liverpool are lining up a £12m bid to beat Barcelona to Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo.
The Argentine defender has impressed at the World Cup, attracting interest from the Spanish giants.
But Liverpool have been tracking the 24-year-old for some time and reports in Portugal suggest they are ready to step up their interest to ensure he comes to England.
The Reds have intensified their efforts after learning that they could miss out on Sevilla's Alberto Moreno.
Rojo - who can also play as a centre-back - has been used by his country as a left-back in Brazil with impressive results.
Liverpool's interest in Rojo hasn't stopped them looking elsewhere for Moreno alternatives however, with Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand also in their sights.
Rojo has previously admitted he would like to join international teammate Lionel Messi, saying: "Of course I'd like to play [with Messi], but to tell the truth, I haven't spoken to Leo about it.
"I just know that I've performed well in the last year. We will see what happens after the World Cup."
It now remains to be seen whether Liverpool's bid is enough to persuade Rojo to turn his back on Barca's interest and make the move to Anfield instead.
Source: Daily Express
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