Reds to rival Roma for Mexes
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The French stopper is set to return to action for Auxerre on Saturday after a calf injury, with speculation increasing about his future.
He seems certain to leave Stade Abbe-Deschamps at the end of the season, although he has not ruled out staying put if the right offer does not come along.
"I am at Auxerre and if no satisfying proposition is made, I will stay," said Mexes. "Nothing is impossible.
"I hope I will join a foreign club. It won't be a money matter.
"If possible I will choose a club that will play in the European Cup and where I could reach a new level.
"The certainty to be a first-team member won't be essential. I don't fear to be in danger. I am keen to live in difficulties."
A host of clubs have been jostling for position to buy Mexes, with coach Guy Roux resigned to the fact he will be leaving in the summer.
Roma are still thought to be favourites, as they are lining up Mexes as a replacement for Walter Samuel - who has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea.
However, Liverpool are thought to have thrust themselves into the head of affairs, with Roux even reported as saying they were the only come yet to make a firm offer for Mexes.
Roux's relationship with Reds boss Gerard Houllier would certainly help his cause, as would the fact that Mexes' team-mate Djibril Cisse already seems to be on his way to Anfield.
Houllier has already lost out on central defensive partner Jean-Alain Boumsong to Rangers but he could be in more determined mood to land his target this time around.
However, with the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Marseille and Lyon all monitoring his progress, there could be more action in the race for Mexes in the near future.