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Liverpool set to fight for top duo and look to revive Egyptian defender's European career: transfer rumours

Liverpool have been linked with three players in their prime in the latest transfer rumours, although face battles on their hands if they are to land their targets.

JEAN MICHAEL SERI, a 26-year-old midfielder, has been lighting up Ligue 1 for Nice since 2015, and is wanted by Manchester City as well as Liverpool, the Daily Mail says. Those clubs could be boosted by rumours in the report that a move to England would 'excite' the player, who has apparently been scouted extensively by the pair this season. The 26-year-old was targeted by Barcelona last summer and Paris Saint Germain are also interested in taking on the Ivorian, according to the report.

The Reds could also look at Mohamed Salah's Egyptian team-mate RAMI RABIA. The 24-year-old centre-back is on the Reds' radar according to reporter Mootaz Chehade, of Lebanon's Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, who claimed that Liverpool have asked Salah about his team-mate's quality. Rabia has won four Egyptian Premier League titles with current club Al-Ahly. He is currently in his second spell at the club, having spent the 14/15 season with Sporting Lison, failing to make a first-team appearance during his spell in Portugal and returning to Egypt just a year later. Lison paid a reported €750,000 for his services.

Meanwhile, Everton are reportedly interested in rivalling their city rivals for the signature of Borussia Dortmund striker PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG, according to German paper Bild. However, Sam Allardyce will face competition from Chelsea as well as Liverpool to sign the Gabon international.

Real Madrid have made contact with Chelsea's EDEN HAZARD after manager Zinedine Zidane was given permission to make a move for the Belgian international. Zidane is said to be an admirer of the 26-year-old and may look to bring him in after a slow start to the season, the Daily Mail says.

JONNY EVANS, who made more than 130 appearances for Manchester United, could be set to return to the north west, the Daily Mirror reports. The West Brom defender, 29, is a wanted man not only by Manchester City, but Everton and West Ham are also keen at taking on the Northern Ireland international, according to the paper.

Manchester United have offered JUAN MATA to Inter Milan as they look to bring in Joao Mario, according to a report in the Daily Mail. The club could face a struggle in bringing the Portuguese star to Old Trafford as Paris Saint Germain are also interested in the 24-year-old.

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