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Arsenal & Chelsea add Seydou Doumbia to transfer shortlists

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Seydou Doumbia is ready to ditch the Russian Premier League in favour of a move to England this summer, reports the Daily Mail.

The CSKA Moscow striker has been in impressive form this season, scoring 16 goals in just 18 games and is again attracting interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Doumbia first hit the headlines in 2012 after picking up the Golden Boot in the Russian league but disappeared into the background as injury blighted his 2013.

However, Doumbia is back to his best and the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have both added him to their shortlist of potential signings this summer.

He represents a back-up option for both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, who are both chasing bigger names in the form of Diego Costa, Edinson Cavani and Mario Mandzukic.

Doumbia lies fifth on the striker shortlist at Stamford Bridge but Mourinho is looking to bring in more than one this summer as Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku are all expected to be shown the Chelsea exit door this summer.

Arsenal consider Doumbia a fourth choice on their list but Wenger is also keen to bring more than one striker in this summer and could bring in the 26-year-old alongside a bigger name.

Both Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu Young are expected to leave this summer but the return of Joel Campbell could also have repercussions for a Doumbia as Wenger may opt to bring the Costa Rican back and only sign one striker.

Doumbia is desperate to move to England and has also attracted interest from Everton and Newcastle. However, with valuations ranging from £15m to £30m, he could prove too expensive for their budgets.

He must, therefore, hope that Chelsea and Arsenal miss out on their top striker targets and work down the shortlist.

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