Liverpool could face less competition in the race to sign Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.
Manchester City have made the Dutchman a priority target in the January transfer window, according to a report by The Telegraph, but they may be looking further afield.
Gazzetta Dello Sport are claiming that Pep Guardiola has been alerted to Leonardo Bonucci’s situation at AC Milan as the Serie A club continue to struggle for form this season.
The thirty year old only left Italian champions Juventus to join Milan back in the Summer, but a poor first half to the campaign has seen them a long way off the pace in the race for the title.
Bonucci is said to want to return to playing Champions League football and would be eligible to become part of City’s squad for the knockout phase of this season’s competition.
He is also likely to cost a lower fee than Van Dijk despite being widely touted as one of the finest central defenders in the game today thanks to his age and the fee Milan paid Juventus for his services.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that Pep Guardiola, his counterpart at The Etihad, is switching his attention away from the Saints defender on to Bonucci instead.
West Brom’s twenty-nine year old Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans and Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez, who is the same age as Van Dijk, have also been touted as alternatives for the Spaniard.