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Liverpool will fend off competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal by making the first move to sign Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo.
French sports newspaper Le10sport claim that Liverpool are preparing a bid that could surpass Sporting Lisbon's £12m valuation of their prized international asset.
Rojo, who was primarily deployed as a wing-back in Argentina's 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been linked with a host of Europe's elite sides including Manchester United, PSG, Monaco and Arsenal.
The 24-year-old is versatile, and can function as either a centre or left-back.
The players attacking mind set often see's him marauding down the touchline - terrorising defences when given licence to operate in a more advanced role.
Brendan Rodgers and Louis Van Gaal will have seen the audacious 'Rabona' clearance Rojo completed on Saturday, but will hope he leaves the risky South-American tactics in Rio.
Rojo joined Lisbon for £3.5million from Russian side Spartak Moscow in 2012, and will have over trebled in value.
His impressive World Cup performance has already impressed his admirers, and is certain to secure the Portuguese side a bumper profit.
The defender, who plays alongside established names such as Pablo Zabaleta; Ezequiel Garay and Martin Demichelis at the heart of the Argentinian defence, helped Lisbon to secure a second-place finish ahead of perennial champions Porto.
Liverpool will be weary of the threat posed by Man Utd and Arsenal.