Exclusive: Liverpool & Brighton join battle over Senegal international Kara Mbodji, Premier League, Russians & Turkish clubs send scouts to World Cup qualifier

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Liverpool & Brighton join battle over £10m rated Kara Mbodji

Senegal booked a place in the 2018 World Cup with a 2-1 victory over South Africa in Dakar on Monday.

Team captain Kara Mbodji scored a last gasp winner to record Senegal’s second win over Bafana Bafana in a week.

Turkish-Football reported last week that several Premier League sides entered the race for Mbodji after speaking to his representative Ediz Balkan.

“Kara has attracted a lot of interest from Premier League sides, we held talks with representatives from those clubs in London last Sunday,” Balkan revealed.

“There are six-seven clubs from the Premier League in talks but I can’t reveal the offers right now.”

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We can now confirm that Liverpool and Brighton have also joined the race.

Scouts from Premier League, Italian and Turkish sides kept tabs on Mbodji against South Africa.

Further talks were held in the Dakar, Senegal and an offer was made.

Ediz Balkan in a meeting with Kara Mbodji after the Senegal vs South Africa clash – Dakar, Senegal (Turkish-Football)

“There were scouts from England, Italy, Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray,” Ediz Balkan said.

“We held further talks, there is an offer from England and from Turkey. 

“Kara had a great game, he received man of the match and scored the winner.” 

Kara has also become a target for Russian clubs.

“We received calls from Russian agents wanting to hold talks over a move to Russia,” he added.

“We will see what happens, the next round of talks will be back in Belgium.”

Anderlecht value Mbodji as being worth £10 million and he has another three-years remaining on his current contract.

The 1.92 tall defender captains Senegal at international level and has five goals in 41 caps for his county.