Arsenal are facing competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Everton for the signing of Josip Drmic, reports suggest.
According to The Daily Star, the Merseyside duo are ready to join the Gunners in the race to snap up the FC Nurnburg frontman, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen also keen on his signature.
21-year-old Drmic joined his current employers from FC Zurich last summer and has so far appeared to thrive in his first Bundesliga season.
Having notched 16 goals in 27 games at Stadion Nürnberg, the Switzerland international rightfully appears to be attracting more transfer interest from abroad with Arsenal having been extensively linked with the £8m-rated player in recent weeks.
No Arsenal fan can deny manager Arsene Wenger's evident need for a confident new striker. While Olivier Giroud has frequently incurred the supporters' wrath in recent weeks for a perceived lack of effectiveness and curious inability to rediscover his early-season form, backup Nicklas Bendtner is out of contract this summer.
Interestingly enough, the final third is the one area of the pitch in which Liverpool do not appear to require much strengthening.
With 49 strikes between them in the Premier League alone this year, the form of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez has been imperative to the club's rise to the top of the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers' apparent interest in Drmic, therefore would presumably be as back-up/student to his first-choice partnership at Anfield.
Everton, meanwhile, will presumably now be weighing up their striking options carefully ahead of the summer transfer window. Although Romelu Lukaku has continued to flourish at Goodison Park this season, the formidable Belgian is only with the club on a loan deal that will expire this summer.
If these three clubs were indeed to battle for Drmic then you would surely have to give Liverpool the edge over Arsenal if they were to go on and win their first title in over two decades.
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