Liverpool Plan £6m January Bid for Italian Battler

Anfield side keen on Fiorentina contract rebel.

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Liverpool will next month confirm their pursuit of Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo by making a £6m bid for the Italian international. The 26 year old Italian international is reportedly a player that director of football Damien Comolli has earmarked to give the Anfield side added steel following the season ending injury sustained by in form Brazilian Lucas Leiva.

Montolivo is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract and his current deal ends in the summer and the defensive midfielder would then be free to leave the Artemi Franchi Stadium side for nothing. Therefore an offer for his services may well be accepted by Fiorentina boss Delio Rossi and Liverpool are just one of many sides monitoring the situation ahead of the re-opening of the transfer window in just a few days time.

Montolivo has become a pivotal player at the Florence club having notched up over 200 appearances since his move to Fiorentina from Atalanta back in the summer of 2005.

Fiorentina’s poor start to the current campaign cost Sinisa Mihajlovic his job and the club currently lies in 14th spot in the table, a situation that has left Montolivo looking for a new club. Fellow Serie A sides are said to be keen on the tough tackling midfielder but a move to the Premier League may tempt the Viola captain.

Liverpool lack alternative defensive midfield options, Jay Spearing has filled in for Lucas but the young Englishman found himself harshly sent off at Fulham and Kenny Dalglish opted to bring back Jonjo Shelvey from his loan spell at Blackpool but a player of Montolivo’s experience is a more adept replacement for Lucas Leiva and a box to box midfielder who can serve in other roles once the Brazilian international has recovered from his knee injury.

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