are a step closer to losing Daniel Agger after Juventus and Inter Milan joined the chase to sign him at the end of the campaign.
AC Milan wanted to recruit the Denmark defender during the January transfer window and have held informal talks about taking him to the San Siro in time for next season.
Reports that influential Milan officials hosted a lunch in the city for Agger's agent Per Steffensen has alerted other Serie A sides to the 24-year old's likely availability, and Inter and Juventus have now expressed an interest.
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With Agger's Anfield contract having just over a year to run, Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri and Inter's Jose Mourinho sense an opportunity to sign a top central defender on the cheap.
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has already stressed to his team of negotiators that Agger is his priority target to become the cornerstone of a new-look defence next season, and he still hopes to win the race in the summer.
Liverpool have so far failed to find any common ground with Steffensen over terms for a new deal, while Sportsmail reported before Christmas that the £5million signing from Brondby also had reservations about his first-team opportunities under Rafa Benitez.
He confirmed as much last week by pouring out his frustrations at finding himself on the bench more than in the starting line-up in recent games.
'Let's be honest, if I'm not playing, the position is untenable, and it cannot go on like that,' he said.
'It is never nice for a footballer not to be playing regularly. That is something I will not hide, and the fact is, he (Benitez) does not want to let me play.
'I feel I am good enough to be playing, so it irritates me when I don't. I am waiting for the chance to play a number of matches and show that I am good enough.'
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