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Liverpool in talks to sign former Premier League midfield enforcer; potential replacement for Lucas Leiva

Liverpool are in talks with Inter Milan to sign Gary Medel, reports the Daily Star.

The Reds have already signed James Milner this summer to improve their midfield, but still appear keen to bolster the area.

Medel impressed for Chile in the Copa America recently, which may have helped Brendan Rodgers to forget the poor season he had with Cardiff City in the 2013-14 campaign.

The 27-year-old could be a good addition to the Reds’ midfield, bringing tenacity and defensive nous to the area in front of the back four. Brendan Rodgers’ side were lacking in both of those last time round, and with the loss of Steven Gerrard, are in dire need of a leader in the middle of the park.

With a move for fellow Nerazzurri ace Mateo Kovacic ruled out [Metro], Medel may actually be second choice for Rodgers. The former Sevilla man offers far less going forward than his teammate, but is better defensively. He could be a replacement for Lucas Leiva, who has been linked with a move away from Anfield [Daily Mirror].

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Should the Merseyside club bring in the Chilean, he would be their seventh signing of the summer. Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne, and the aforementioned Milner have already joined as the club strengthen ahead of a potential title challenge.

Last time round, the Reds finished sixth in the Premier League, which was a major disappointment after pushing Manchester City all the way in the title race and ending second in the campaign before. Their efforts to recreate that achievement will be hampered by the loss of Raheem Sterling who has gone to the Etihad Stadium, and Anfield legend Gerrard who has joined MLS side LA Galaxy.

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