Liverpool to Table £6.5m Bid for Sunderland Keeper Simon Mignolet

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Reds join hunt for Sunderland shot-stopper.

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Liverpool are ready to rival Arsenal for the signing of in-demand Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, the Daily Mirror reports.

The Belgian shot-stopper has had an excellent season in the Premier League this year, standing out as one of Sunderland’s best players in their difficult fight against relegation.

Italian side Napoli have also shown an interest in the 25-year-old, who may be tempted by a move to a bigger club with the interest being shown in him.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be preparing an opening offer of £6.5million, though it had previously been reported that Arsenal would have to pay around £15million to persuade the Black Cats to sell their star player.

Both teams have been on the lookout for goalkeepers this summer, and have largely been linked with the same targets, including Swansea City’s Michel Vorm and Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic.

Both are unhappy with their current first choice ‘keepers Pepe Reina and Wojciech Szczesny, who have not been at their best this season and who could both be sold in the upcoming transfer window.

Reina has emerged as a surprise target for Barcelona, and the Reds will be happy to sell if they can land a decent replacement.

Arsenal, meanwhile, seem to have turned their attention to Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who should be available after his Queens Park Rangers side were relegated this season.

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