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Liverpool have rival for Lazio defender Diakite

Liverpool could lose out to Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala in the battle to sign Lazio defender Modibo Diakite, reports talkSPORT. The 25-year-old's agent Ulisse Savini last month revealed that his client, who is out of contract in June, has earmarked Liverpool as his preferred destination in the summer.

But Anzhi, whose own domestic transfer window is still open until later this month, have made an offer to sign him imminently, according to sources in Russia.

Another Russian side, Terek Grozny, are also considering making a bid too as are Serie A sides Napoli, Inter and Fiorentina.

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