Emirates Stadium and Anfield boss’s battle it out for soon to be out of contract Stamford Bridge star.
Arsenal and Liverpool will go head-to-head in a battle to sign Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou in a cut-price deal when the January transfer window opens.
The frustrated 26-year-old Ivory Coast striker is in the final year of his contract and looks increasingly unlikely to extend his stay.
It will almost certainly force Chelsea to consider offers for the versatile star or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer and is prepared to test the water with a £6million bid in January.
But he faces growing competition from Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool, who are also monitoring the situation.
SOURCE: Sunday Mirror
Salomon Kalou has arguably never received the plaudits, or the regular first team football, that he deserves. The Ivory Coast international has spent his entire five year spell at Stamford Bridge trying to persuade a succession of managers that he has what it takes to be a regular starter and with his contract set to come to an end in the summer it seems Andre Villas-Boas has no intention of trying to persuade the former Feyenoord man to stay at the West London club.
Kalou has racked up 55 goals during his Chelsea career and has amazingly come off the bench a total of 98 occasions and has made just two appearances in the Premier League this season and the arrivals of Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku are sure to spell the end for the adaptable attacker’s Blues future.
Arsenal could arguably do with striking alternatives as they still depend far too heavily on Robin Van Persie. Arsene Wenger brought in Gervinho to help offer support but the Lille man has had an up and down time of his since his arrival in the summer. Marouane Chamakh is similarly struggling to find the form he mustered at the start of the last campaign and with Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela out on loan a move for Kalou would be a wise one.
However a move to Anfield may be more likely given the poor start the Gunners have made to the season. Kenny Dalglish has an established front pairing of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll but not much else besides. Craig Bellamy at 32 is clearly not a long term option and Dirk Kuyt is also getting on a bit and is now a fully converted right winger at club level.
£6m is a bargain in terms of a price for the 26 year old and it seems likely Chelsea will be happy to cash in to avoid losing the player for nothing in the summer.