Liverpool and Everton to lock horns over £8m Argentina international?

Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool look set to do battle over Sevilla's Argentine centre back Federico Fazio.

The 26-year-old has impressed for the La Liga club since his 2007 move to the club from Ferro Carril Oeste, a second division side back in Argentina. He has only two international caps to his name, the last of which came in 2011, and a spot in Alejandro Sabella's World Cup squad looks increasingly unlikely.

Nevertheless, Fazio's displays for Sevilla have merited interest from a number of clubs, but with the Andalusian club's finances worsening and more sales expected even after the departures of Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Gary Medel to Premier League clubs last summer, it seems he could be the latest Sevilla star to move to England.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be looking to strengthen a defence which has been leaky in recent weeks, particularly if Daniel Agger decides to leave the club in the summer. Kolo Toure has been error-prone of late, whilst Martin Skrtel is reportedly a target for Manchester City. Adding Fazio – who stands at 6ft 5in – would made the Reds' defence somewhat sturdier, as Fazio is a physically imposing defender who is great in the air.

But whilst he may be a depth option for Liverpool, Everton's interest could make him a key part of their defence. Manager Roberto Martinez isn't averse to shopping in his homeland, and brought a number of played to Wigan Athletic from La Liga, and he could add Fazio to that list. Toffees centre back Sylvain Distin is now 36, and there have to be plans to replace the Frenchman at some point in the very near future, and with a similar aerially dominant style, Fazio could be a like for like replacement in the Everton defence.

With a rumoured release clause of just £7.8m, the two Merseyside clubs will be looking to land themselves a bargain with Fazio, but he would have to decide between being a backup option for a likely Champions League side, or a key starter for a Europa League side.

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