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Liverpool target Van Dijk's team-mate while Arsenal pair want moves to Manchester: transfer rumours

Liverpool are turning their attention to Italy to bolster their squad, according to the latest transfer rumours.

The Reds' defensive issues are once again in the spotlight after they drew 2-2 with Sevilla despite dominating large spells of the game, conceding two disappointing goals.

In order to try and plug those holes in the back line, Calciomercato have reported that Liverpool are keen on signing a Dutch centre-back. No, not VIRGIL VAN DIJK this time - now it's Lazio's STEFAN DE VRIJ.  Juventus and Inter are also said to be keen on the 25-year-old.

And transfer rumour enthusiasts Calciomercato haven't stopped there with their Liverpool chat. The Italian outlet also report that the Reds are keen on Fiorentina winger FEDERICO CHIESA. The son of former Italian international Enrico (generously called a 'legend' by the Liverpool Echo). Teenage star Federico hasn't yet hit the heights of his father's 22 senior caps but has played Under 21 football for his country. He started 17 Serie A games last season. Napoli and Inter are also said to be interested for the player Fiorentina are thought to value at at least €40m.

Meanwhile, MESUT OZIL is eyeing a move to Manchester United when his contract with Arsenal expires next summer, the Sun reports. The German international, 28, has reportedly turned down an £8.1million-a-year offer to stay with the Gunners and wants to reunite with Jose Mourinho - his boss of three years while at former club Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have put a £634million barrier between ISCO and any Premier League clubs hoping to lure their star attacking midfielder away, the Sun reports. The 25-year-old joined Real in 2013 and signed a new five-year contract with the Spanish champions on Thursday, snubbing UK sides rumoured to include Tottenham and Manchester United.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ is set to reject any advance by Real Madrid in favour of Manchester City in 2017, the Daily Mirror reports. The Gunners are said to have lost out on up to £70million when a bid by City collapsed over the summer, although the club are primed to revive the transfer. Rather than moving to European champions Real, the 28-year-old forward simply fancies swapping the Emirates for the Etihad.

Former Chelsea winger JUAN CUADRADO may be returning to London with a January bid from Arsenal, according to the Sun. Juventus reportedly paid 20million euros (£17m) for the Colombian international, 29, in August 2015 after a period on loan to the Italian giants.

Newcastle skipper JAMAAL LASCELLES has agreed a new contract that will see him stay at the club for another five years, the Daily Telegraph reports. Magpies bosses are on the verge of announcing the new deal that comes after rumours the defender, 26, was a target for Liverpool and Chelsea last season.

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