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Liverpool targeting Atletico Madrid star Sime Vrsaljko as Manchester City move in on Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool want £22m star from La Liga giants after Man City hijack Van Dijk move
Sime Vrsaljko would cost around £22m (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool are targeting a move for Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko after Diego Simeone admitted the Croatian could leave for the right price.

Jurgen Klopp was keen on strengthening at centre-back in the summer but failed in a move for Southampton ace Virgil Van Dijk.

While the Dutchman is still keen on a move to Anfield, Manchester City are now targeting the former Celtic star and that’s likely to ramp up the price for Liverpool.

Vrsaljko, a right-back by trade, has struggled to break into Atletico’s side but his arrival could mean Joe Gomez can deputise in the middle rather than an unorthodox full-back slot.

Liverpool want £22m star from La Liga giants after Man City hijack Van Dijk move
Sime Vrsaljko is being targeted by Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Klopp is likely to be handed around £50m to invest in his squad in January and Simeone’s recent comments has alerted the Reds to Vrsaljko’s availability.

‘Sime is a big player and all big players have a value,’ said Simeone.

‘We are happy when other clubs look at our players, this is normal and it is positive for us.’

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According to the Sun, Liverpool face competition from Italy for the defender’s signature but are willing to meet Atletico’s £22m valuation of the full-back.

Nathaniel Clyne is not expected to return to action until February after undergoing back surgery in November.

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