Arsenal and Liverpool will go head-to-head in a battle to sign Chelsea's Salomon Kalou in a cut-price deal when the January transfer window opens reports the Sunday Mirror.

The 26-year-old Ivorian international is in the final 12 months of his contract, and the increase in media speculation suggests he is unlikely to extend his stay in west London.

Kalou's intentions to snub any contract offer from Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas will force Chelsea into selling the player, or else they risk losing him for nothing next summer.

Having found opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge due to the confidence shown in £50million man Fernando Torres, and the emergence of Daniel Sturridge, the African ace will look to find another club but remains keen to stay in the Barclays Premier League.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of Kalou, and could attempt to bring him to the Emirates Stadium at the turn of the year, as he looks to further strengthen the Gunners' midfield and front line options.

Reports suggest that Wenger is preparing a £6million bid for the man he also tried to sign from Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord back in 2006, only for Kalou to join Chelsea in a £9million deal.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is also rumoured to be monitoring the situation as he considers an offer to bring him to Anfield. But it is believed that Kalou would prefer to remain in London rather than move to Merseyside, after he caused major controversy in February 2009 by admitting that he would one day love to play for Arsenal under Wenger.

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