Reds are keen to bring defensive reinforcements to Anfield.
Liverpool have received a boost in their bid to sign Lazio defender Modibo Diakite at the end of the season with the news that the player’s proposed summer move to Napoli may have broken down, reports the Daily Express.
The Reds have been keeping close tabs on the French centre back all campaign and reportedly came close to signing Diakite in the recent January transfer window, only for the two clubs to fail to agree a deal for the highly-rated player.
However, Liverpool head-coach Brendan Rodgers may now revive his longstanding interest in the 26-year-old when the transfer window reopens for business on June 1, with Diakite’s contract with the Serie A giants set to expire at the end of this month.
And that means that the Merseysiders would be able to pick Diakite up on a free transfer, which would greatly appeal to the club’s American owners Fenway Sports Group.
Rodgers is known to be on the look-out at present for a long-term replacement for veteran former England international centre-back Jamie Carragher, who is set to finally call it a day at Anfield at the end of the season, while both fellow defenders Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates are also expected to leave the club this summer.