Liverpool face £15m Gunners challenge in race for ‘next Sneijder’

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Former Ajax boss Martin Jol believes Liverpool and target Christian Eriksen is a star of the future.

The teenage Danish sensation is being monitored by a number of clubs after a rapid rise to prominence in the Eredivisie, with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish thought to be one of those interested in the player.

Damien Comolli, director of football strategy at Anfield, is also thought to be taken by the player, having first noticed the player whilst in Amsterdam agreeing the deal to bring Luis Suarez to Liverpool.

Arsenal are also thought to be tracking the player, whilst AC Milan and Barcelona have also been linked with a potential move.

"He is one of the biggest talents Ajax have ever had in the No 10 position, on a level with Jari Litmanen, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart,” Jol told the Sunday Times.

It is thought that the player would cost in the region of £15 million, although Liverpool owners NESV have already shown that they are willing to back Dalglish financially after some big spending in January.

The Merseysiders spent in excess of £55 million on attacking talent at the first opportunity, and have already hinted at more spending in the summer as Liverpool look to re-build.


Arsene Wenger is also keen to strengthen at the Emirates, and the Frenchman is renowned for getting the best out of young talent at Arsenal.

Renowned for being frugal in the transfer market, it's unknown if the Arsenal chief would be willing to spend such a big fee on a teenager untested in the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners did recently announce bumper profits though, and Wenger has hinted that transfer funds are available should he wish to spend in an effort to add to Arsenal squad.

Whilst Liverpool appear to be the keener of the two at the current time, the pair could go head-to-head in the summer in a race to land one of the most coveted players in Europe.

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