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Liverpool turn to £30m-rated alternative after giving up on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Liverpool have joined the race for coveted Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, according to The Mirror.

The Mirror reports that the Reds are ready to compete with Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Juventus for the Belgian international, who has 24 goals in 52 games for club and country this term.

And The Mirror understands that Jurgen Klopp is likely to sell Batshuayi’s compatriot Christian Benteke to make room for the 22-year-old frontman, with West Ham and Atletico Madrid possible suitors.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains hugely admired by Klopp, but Liverpool have privately acknowledged that his £75m valuation takes the striker out of their price range, The Mirror adds.

The Gabonese bagged his 38th goal of a prolific campaign for Borussia Dortmund in their Europa League tie with Liverpool last Thursday, although the Reds had the last laugh with a stunning comeback.

Batshuayi is not in Aubameyang’s class but represents a more affordable option, valued at around £30m according to The Mirror, and has plenty of years to get even better under Klopp’s guidance.

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