Liverpool would appear to be facing a fierce battle with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid to sign Brazilian full-back Daniel Alves.
Rafa is said to have included the Sevilla star’s name among those on his summer shopping list and it is believed a Â£7million bid has been lodged.
The 22-year-old Alves, who can also play in midfield, has yet to play for his country but was impressive in Sevilla’s successful UEFA Cup campaign.
The player’s agent, Jose Rodriguez Baster, told Spanish newspaper Marca:
‘To all the teams that have called me, and in addition to everyone publicly, I have said that the first thing they must do is speak with Sevilla, to reach an agreement with the club.
‘Barcelona were put in contact with us to know Daniel’s situation and we directly transferred them to Sevilla. Since then, we have not spoken with them.
‘Nothing can be discarded and, in addition, there are great clubs also involved who have not yet been publicised. I cannot say it, with respect to the clubs, but I can say that there are three important clubs, at European level, that have shown their interest in Alves.’