Arsenal & Liverpool chase Chelsea ace

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Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is a summer target for up to 12 different clubs, with Liverpool and Arsenal leading the race for his signature, reports

The 26-year-old Ivorian international is keen to remain in the Premier League, but also has offers from Italy, Spain and Turkey.

After failing to agree terms over a new deal at Stamford Bridge in January, Kalou will be available on a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract this summer.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the African ace, and will renew his attempts to bring him to the Emirates Stadium, having tried to sign him when he first joined Chelsea in 2006.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish - who is expected to be busy in the transfer market again this summer - was credited with an interest in Kalou during the January transfer window, but a move failed to materialise.

Kalou's future at Chelsea appeared bleak under the former stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas, but having been recalled to the first-team under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo, has featured in all eight of the Blues' Premier League and FA Cup matches.

He could now snub reported interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, and is expected to sit down with his agent, Jan de Visser, and Chelsea officials within the next few weeks to re-open negotiations over a new contract.

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