Report: Barcelona beating Liverpool to Rojo

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Barcelona are set to win the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, according to the latest reports in Spain.

Liverpool have been tracking Sporting Lisbon's Argentine international defender Marcos Rojo, but they may lose their man to Barcelona.

Brendan Rodgers is expected to try and add to his defensive ranks this summer to try and go one better next season in the Premier League.

With the future of Daniel Agger in doubt and the Dane being linked with various European clubs, it has been suggested that Liverpool will swoop for Sporting star Rojo.

Rojo arrived in Europe with Spartak Moscow in 2011 when he relocated from his native Argentina, but he only really made a name for himself after signing for Sporting Lisbon a year later.

This season Liverpool scouts have watched Rojo on several occasions as he led a mean defence at Sporting, conceding just 19 goals in 29 games.

As he can play at either centre-back or left-back, Rojo provides options and could take the pressure off Jose Enrique and he is a dominant physical presence that could adapt well to English football.

However, according to Spanish reports, Barcelona have stolen a march in the race to sign the 24-year-old.

The Catalan giants have allegedly tabled an offer that Sporting are ready to accept and are trying to speed up matters to prevent Liverpool getting in.

Liverpool may have to move fast if they don't want to miss out on Rojo, who appears to be a player Rodgers has set his heart on signing.

Serie A side Napoli have also been linked to Rojo, but they may find themselves priced out of the market.

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