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Salomon Kalou wants to join Arsenal over Liverpool

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Salomon Kalou is looking to return to the Premier League in the summer and has chosen Arsenal as his preferred destination, according to the Daily Star.

The Ivory Coast international played at Chelsea for six years but never truly won the Stamford Bridge faithful over despite winning the Champions League with them in 2012.

Chelsea decided to release the player at the end of his contract that summer where he moved to Lille and has since become something of a revelation in Ligue 1.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of Kalou and was even linked with a move for him during his Chelsea days.

Now he has had two seasons of consistent first team football, Wenger has renewed his interest and looks to be in the driving seat to sign him this summer.

Although Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also keen to sign Kalou, it is reported that the player himself would prefer to work under Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Although Liverpool are likely to win the title and are certain to have Champions League football next season, Kalou would have to compete with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge for a starting place meaning time on the subs bench is likely.

Kalou can play anywhere across the top line making him a potentially valuable asset for Wenger, who looks for versatility from his attacking stars.

Arsenal have suffered from a lack of options up front too many times this season with Wenger's failure to sign a top class striker cited as the main reason their title challenge fell away.

Thanks to a clause in Kalou's contract, Arsenal could sign the player for as little as £2.5m despite the fact he has two-years left on his current deal.

Kalou has scored a solid 25 goals in 54 appearances in Ligue 1 and has also attracted the interest of Roma, Milan and Galatasaray in recent weeks.

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