Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a bid for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi to ease their defensive injury crisis.
The German centre-back is out of favour at the Emirates, with Mikel Arteta keen to offload him.
Mustafi’s contract runs out in the summer, meaning Liverpool would likely be able to acquire him for a minimal fee, and could yet even land him for nothing.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta revealed the club were in talks with Mustafi’s agent over potentially terminating his contract this month.
“Again, it’s another situation at the moment that is open,” Arteta said. “We are having conversations internally, with player and agent. We will see what is the right solution for this moment.”
Lazio have also been showing an interest in the 28-year-old, who is prepared to move on this month in order to reignite his career.
Asked whether Mustafi would definitely be moving on this month, Arteta replied: “We are monitoring the situation. I cannot say much more than that.”
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But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Mustafi would be a decent addition for Liverpool, considering he comes with top-flight experience and was last in action as recently as Boxing Day.
He has made nine appearances so far this season, though most of those have come in the Europa League.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted his side are working to bring a defender in before the January transfer window slams shut on Monday.
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“The whole time we are busy checking specific things in the market,” Klopp said. “We always did and do it now as well, and we will see if something happens or not.
“In an ideal world it would be great that the short-term solution is the long-term solution as well. I don’t know if we can do that, but we will see.”
Liverpool have also been linked with a loan move for New York Red Bulls star Aaron Long.