Liverpool ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign defender Cristian Romero

Jurgen Klopp plans on bolstering his defence even more, but faces competition from Manchester United to sign the Argentine centre-back
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Liverpool don't plan on slowing down their progress to bolster the teams defence, with centre-back Cristian Romero being heavily linked to a move away from Italy.

Cristian Romero

Cristian Romero featuring for Atalanta

According to Calciomercato, The Reds have been following Romero for some months and are the only Premier League club to show any solid interest in him, despite the rumours of Manchester United's eagerness to sign the 23-year-old. 

It's believed a fee around €50 million would satisfy Juventus. Romero was signed by I Bianconeri in July 2019, but hasn't featured for them since his transfer from Genoa. 

This season the Argentine has impressed on loan at Atalanta and helped them finish above his parent club after making 31 appearances in Serie A. 

Cristian Romero

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Despite Liverpool's reported interest in Romero, it's unsure whether the club will actually sign him following the recent transfer of Ibrahima Konaté, and the emergence of Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips.

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United, however, have been heavily linked with the defender for some time and it's clear if they followed up Juve's transfer demand, he may be on his way to Manchester rather than Liverpool. 

But loan club Atalanta also have a buy option clause in his contract, and may exercise it after Romero returns from World Cup qualifying duty with Argentina. 

The 23-year-old has been impressing on the international stage as well, and scored a goal in a recent 2-2 draw with Colombia. 

Furthermore, the departure of Gini Wijnaldum may mean The Reds op for replacing him in midfield rather than adding more defensive cover. 

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