CSKA Moscow goal machine on Anfield radar.
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Ivorian striker Doumbia on radar for incoming Liverpool boss
Liverpool are considering renewing interest in CSKA Moscow’s Seydou Doumbia once they have a new manager in place.
Damien Comolli and Kenny Dalglish were keen to take the 25 year old to Anfield with his proven strike rate as they considered options to rectify their poor goals return.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have also shown interest in the Ivory Coast striker but their main rivals are Napoli who are keen to find quality replacements for Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani.
CSKA have put a £26m buy-out clause in Doumbia’s contract but his representatives are hopeful that can be reduced.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Whilst Liverpool may well feel the need to improve their striking options it seems unlikely they would fork out £26m for a player with no top level league experience. Scoring goals in abundance in Switzerland and Russia may well not translate to being to do so in the English top tier, or indeed any other of the ‘big leagues’ so CSKA Moscow may want to reduce Seydou Doumbia’s asking price if they do indeed have any intention of selling the 24 year old.
Liverpool managed just 47 goals in Premier League action last term, less than Blackburn Rovers, and that fact contributed to Kenny Dalglish’s sacking and is clearly an area the Merseyside club will look to improve on this summer. The choice of targets will of course depend greatly on who the American owners bring in to replace the Scot.
Ivory Coast notched up 33 goals last term but that didn’t prevent his side from finishing 15 points behind Russian Premier League winners Zenit, and led to CSKA failing to secure a Champions League spot for next term which could lead to a need to sell a player or two to balance the books.
Liverpool’s only out and out striking options are Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll and have veterans Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt as back-up alternatives, hence the need to reinforce the club’s forward line.