Reds hope to beat both their rivals to Frenchman’s signature.
Premier League giants Liverpool have now joined both arch rivals Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to land coveted Real Sociedad front man Antoine Griezmann at the end of this season.
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The Merseysiders are currently involved with the west London club in a fierce battle for this campaign’s Premier League title and with head coach Brendan Rodgers having been promised a bumper transfer war chest if he manages to guide the club to a top=four finish in the table come the end of the campaign, and with it a qualifying place in the Uefa Champions League, then the Northern Irishman is expecting to splash the cash when the window reopens.
The Reds’ American owners, the Fenway Sports Group, told their manager that he may even be armed with as much as between £60m and £80m come the end of the season if Liverpool are indeed competing in Europe’s premier club competition next season.
And Rodgers is known to want to strengthen in several areas of the first team, with one specific area being up front, despite the club’s sensational form in front of goal in the Premier League so far.
However, Rodgers is said to want to add more strength in depth to his forward line, while at the same time providing some much-needed competition for places in attack, as the young trainer also tried to do last summer when activating the buyout clause in Atletico de Madrid striker Diego Costa’s contract at the Vicente Calderon.
But despite the Brazil-born forward subsequently turning down the opportunity to move to Anfield last summer, by all accounts that has still not sopped the Irishman from continuing to scour the market on the Contient for possible new marksmen to lure to Merseyside for next season.
And the first name on Rodgers’s wish list is said to be that of Sociedad’s young forward, a player who has already be catching the attentions of both the Blues and the Red Devils on the back of registering a hugely impressive total of 19 goals and five assists in his 42 matches to date in all competitions for both club and country.
Griezmann, 23, has a contract with the Basques that currently runs until June 2016 and it is expected that Rodgers and Liverpool would need to bid somewhere in the region of £23m in order to land the Frenchman this summer.