After having two bids rejected, Liverpool could be beaten by Chelsea to the signing of £8.5m rated Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori, although Brendan Rodgers’ side could now launch a bid for Italian midfielder Jorginho, according to the Daily
Ilori is said to be looking to move to the Premier League, and Liverpool, who are looking for a defender, despite already signing the experienced Kolo Toure this summer, may offer more first-team opportunities than Chelsea, where there is more competition for places. However, the lure of playing under Jose Mourinho could prove decisive.
The move for Ilori ties into the transfer policy of Liverpool’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group, who are looking to sign youngsters for the future. The club is currently lacking youth in defence, with Toure, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel all highly experienced. Sebastian Coates has struggled to make an impact since arriving in 2011, so there would be high hopes for the 20-year-old.
Jorginho helped Hellas Verona achieve promotion to Serie A last season, making 44 appearances in central midfield. Liverpool look to have missed out on Shakhtar Donetsk star Henrikh Mkhitaryan, so the Italian U-21 international is being seen as another option.
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