Arsenal rival Liverpool for Papadopoulos signature

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Arsenal look set to rival Liverpool for £11 million-rated Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, according to the Daily Express.

Papadopoulos was heavily linked with a move to Anfield over the summer, with some reports suggesting a deal had been agreed, subject to the player coming through a stringent medical.

Brendan Rodgers had reservations regarding Papadopoulos' fitness, with the 21-year-old defender recovering from a serious knee injury.

But those fears have since been allayed and the Liverpool chief could reignite his interest in the January transfer window - only now he faces serious competition from a Premier League rival.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for defensive reinforcements and is looking to nip in ahead of Liverpool to secure Papadopoulos' signature.

Reports in Italy claim the north London outfit are set to steal a march on their rivals to land the Greek stopper, with Schalke seemingly willing to sell.

Schalke are prepared to let Papadopoulos leave if they receive an acceptable offer for the Greek international, with Wenger looking to lure the powerful defender to the Emirates.

Papadopoulos is not short of potential suitors, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg all having been credited with an interest in the player.

But it's Arsenal who head the queue, with Wenger willing to meet Papadopoulos' £11 million asking price - a fee Liverpool have so far been reluctant to match.

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