Liverpool and Chelsea set for bidding war over Mauro Icardi

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Liverpool could be set for a transfer battle with Chelsea to sign promising Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

According to The Daily Star, the Reds are prepared to offer £32 million for the 21-year-old and Inter are prepared to sell if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

But there is a suggestion that Chelsea are also after the Argentinean and will have slightly more buying power after a considerably smaller transfer outlay last summer.

Hot prospect

Since his 2013 move from Sampdoria, Icardi has scored 19 goals in 40 games – with 10 of those coming since the start of the current term.

He is a former product of the Barcelona academy where he spent three years before moving to Sampdoria on loan in 2011 – a deal he made permanent later that year.

Divock to return to Origi-ns?

As Liverpool continue to be linked with every striker under the sun following a poor start to the season for Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert there have also been reports of a premature return from loan for promising youngster Divock Origi.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Thursday that the Merseysiders had been in discussions with Lille to bring him back to England in January.

The Belgian signed for Liverpool after a World Cup campaign in which he outshone much of a star-studded Red Devils’ team before moving immediately back to Lille on loan.

There's no question that the Reds must address their shortcomings in the final third as a matter of urgency, but it remains to be see if Icardi is the man to fill that void in 2015.

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