Liverpool have to fend off Man United and Man City for £20m Benfica star as Chelsea eye Real Madrid star

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LIVERPOOL look like they are going to miss out on winning the Premier League title to Manchester City, but they could pip them to an in-demand player.

City’s win against Aston Villa last night means they have one hand on the Premier League trophy.

But according to media reports today, Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Benfica playmaker Nicolas Gaitan ahead of City and Manchester United.

A bid of £20m could be enough to prise the 26-year-old Argentina international from the Portuguese champions.

Transfer stories elsewhere:

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is planning to test former club Real Madrid’s determination to hold onto Germany anchorman Sami Khedira. The Spanish club value the 27-year-old at £36m . Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal and Manchester City are monitoring Javi Martinez, 25, amid reports that Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder is disillusioned with life under manager Pep Guardiola. Martinez signed for Bayern Munich from Athletic Bilbao for £31.6m in August 2012. Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool want to add Barcelona winger Cristian Tello to their squad for next season and have approach the Catalan club with a £8m offer for the 22-year-old. Full story: Metro

Inter Milan are interested in Chelsea anchorman Jon Obi Mikel, 27, after the Nigeria international’s fall from favour at Stamford Bridge. Full story: Daily Mirror

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, 25, has quashed speculation linking him with Arsenal, saying he is not ready to leave the German club yet. Full story: Metro

Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa, 25, will ignore interest from Napoli and stay at Old Trafford. Full story: Daily Express

Besiktas, along with Valencia and Malaga, will offer Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel, 26, the chance to move away from the relegated Bluebirds this summer. Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United striker Will Keane, 21, could follow Paul Pogba to Juventus after failing to agree terms on a new contract at Old Trafford. Full story: Daily Mail