Liverpool join Arsenal in race for ‘next Drogba’

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Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

The Daily Star claims Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has joined Gunners chief Arsene Wenger in pursuing the 20-year-old, who is also on the radar of both Borussia Dortmund and Swansea City.

Lukaku, dubbed ‘the next Didier Drogba’ by the paper, enjoyed a season to remember on loan at West Bromwich Albion last term, netting 17 goals in 35 games for Steve Clark’s side.

And, he’s admitted that he may have to leave Stamford Bridge to play regular first team football once again next season if he’s not in the new manager’s thoughts at Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho is favourite to take over once again under Roman Abramovich, and talks with Lukaku in west London are a priority for the player.

If the Belgian does move, then Liverpool would be more than happy to add an extra attacking edge to their side at Anfield.

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are currently available to the manager on Merseyside, with injury hampering Fabio Borini’s progress on Merseyside.

Lukaku isn’t the only striker on the Liverpool radar though, with Iago Aspes reportedly closing on a move to the club.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are another Premier League team short of attacking options.

Olivier Giroud is the only senior central option available to Wenger, whilst Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski have also appeared through the middle when required for the Gunners.

Lukaku would certainly offer Arsenal some much needed firepower ahead of a Champions League challenge, but whether Chelsea would be willing to sell to such a rival is up for debate.

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