The Liverpool Echo says Ayesteran is in the process of severing his ties at Anfield, but it's feared Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson are ready to pounce for his services.

Talks have been ongoing to establish whether the ex-Anfield number two will have the right to join another club this season when his period on Merseyside ends.

Anfield boss Rafa Benitez is understandably anxious to ensure his trusted lieutenant isn?t delivered into the hands of his Premiership rivals - especially as he's been privy to so much tactical and technical information during the course of his time at Anfield.