Liverpool facing Madrid battle for £13m Ivorian ace

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Liverpool striker target Gervinho is being linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.

The Ivorian international striker has been on the Anfield radar for some time now, with reports back in December claiming Liverpool made a bid in the region of £12 million for the player's signature.

Reports in Spain now claim that Atletico have joined the chase though, with both Bayern Munich and Newcastle also thought to be interested in the player's services.

With the player holding out on a new contract at Lille, the Ligue 1 side may be forced to sell one of their prized assets or face the prospect of losing him on a free next summer.

It's thought that Les Douges are hoping to command a fee in the region of £13 million for the player, a fee close to what Liverpool originally offered in January.


A striker who can also play in the wing positions, Gervinho has built an impressive reputation at the Stade Lille-Metropole, and also has 19 international caps to his name.

The 23-year-old is eager to develop further, and Liverpool could offer the player that opportunity with director of football strategy Damien Comolli a known admirer of the player.

Impressive performances against the Reds in previous Europa League outings are also thought to have player a factor in the interest of Liverpool, and the transfer battle could be fierce for one of the top strikers from Africa.

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