Arsenal join Liverpool in race for £8m World Cup defender

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Arsenal are ready to enter the race to sign reported Liverpool target Emilio Izaguirre.

The Mirror suggested last week that the Celtic defender was also on the radar of Manchester United and now, according to the Daily Mail, they will face stiff competition from two of their Barclays Premier League rivals.

Click Liverpool reported on Sunday that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish had attended the Old Firm derby to watch the 24-year-old in action and is considering launching a summer move to bring him to Anfield.

It has now been claimed that Arsenal are ready to register their interest in the Hoduran - who represented his country with distinction at last summer's World Cup - although Celtic are said to only be willing to entertain bids in the region of £8 million.

Should Arsenal or Liverpool step up their alleged interest, then they would appear to be the frontrunners to sign Izaguirre with initial favourites United seemingly ready to end their pursuit after Patrice Evra signed a new thee-year contract at Old Trafford.


The acquisition of a new left-back appears to be more of a priority for Liverpool than Arsenal, and the Anfield club are thought to be eyeing a number of candidates as they look to fill the position in the summer.

Paul Konchesky was brought in by the previous Liverpool regime last August but was subsequently loaned out to Nottingham Forest after failing to make a lasting impression at Anfield, while Fabio Aurelio appears to be out-of-favour with Dalglish.

The Liverpool boss is instead persisting with Glen Johnson - naturally a right-sided player - in the seemingly problematic role but a more long-term solution is expected to be bought when the transfer window reopens.

Arsenal, however, have greater reserves in this position - with Gael Clichy ably supported by Kieran Gibbs - and Arsene Wenger is surely unlikely to make a move for Izaguirre unless he sells one of their current crop.

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